EMPORIA, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern State University baseball team saw its 13-game winning streak come to an end Thursday afternoon as the Lions dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Emporia State -- losing 5-4 in game one and 7-3 in game two.
Southern (24-13, 18-11 MIAA) went down 3-0 after the first, but the Lions added a run in the second and three more in the third to go ahead 4-3 after three innings in game one. Shaun Hoover picked up an RBI in the second, scoring Will Wagner and Wagner added to the lead in the third with a three-run home run, his fourth of the season.
Emporia (22-14, 20-11 MIAA) tied the game with a run in the fifth. The Hornets left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but wouldn't make the same mistake in extra-innings as ESU scored a run in the eighth to take the game.
Brett Abell started the game for the Lions and went six innings, striking out nine, walking one and allowing three earned runs. David Reese and Bo Bergen threw in relief with Reese taking the loss.
Wagner went 3-4 in the game with two runs scored and three RBIs, while Dallas Burke was 3-3 and Sam Ryan went 2-4. Hoover drove in a run, while Tee Helsel and Ryan scored a run each.
Game two saw both teams tied after three innings at 3-3, but the Hornets scored four unanswered runs over the final three innings to take the game.
The Lions scored a run in the first on an RBI from Ryan, plating Michael McCoy. After an ESU run in their half of the first, the Hornets added two more to go up 3-1 after two innings. Southern answered with two more runs in the third on RBI's from Thomas Wilson and Burke.
Drew Noble started for the Lions and went four and a third innings, while Bergen and Reese threw the final inning and two thirds in relief.
McCoy went 3-4 with two runs in the game, while Wilson, Burke and Hoover had a hit and an RBI each.
The Lions will be back in action this weekend traveling to fifth-ranked Central Missouri on Saturday and Sunday.