Monday, April 15, 2013

UIS baseball team splits with Drury

University of Illinois Springfield junior Josh Johnson’s two-out, three-run double in the eighth inning gave the last-place Prairie Stars a 9-8 win over Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division leader Drury in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

The Prairie Stars took an early 4-0 lead, then rallied from an 8-6 deficit with three runs in the eighth inning. Junior Kendall Hocker’s single loaded the bases for Johnson.

Sophomore winning pitcher Robert Spath had zero hits, zero runs, zero walks and one strikeout in three innings.

The Stars had a chance to win the second game after they took a 5-4 lead in the sixth, but the Stars couldn’t pull off the comeback and Drury won 9-5.

UIS junior Derek Shoman’s two-run single tied the game at 4-all in the fifth. Drury’s Colton Jones hit a grand slam in the sixth for an 8-5 lead.

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 14, 2013.

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