Mustangs start fast and hang on to win at Ozark
St. Joe’s summer college baseball team improves to 18-7 this summer and 14-7 in the MINK League. They’ve won four in-a-row overall and ten of their last 11 games.
The Mustangs jumped out to a quick start with a two-run home run from Kris Koerper in the first inning, but Ozark bounced back in the second and tied the game with a two-run homer from Jay Rollinson.
St. Joseph then took over with three runs in the third, two in the fourth inning and six runs in the fifth to take a 13-2 lead.
Ozark chipped away at the lead and pulled to within three runs in the eighth inning after scoring four runs, but that was as close as they’d get.
Koerper had three hits and drove in a career-high five runs. Kyle Simpson and Mark Robinette also had three hits each and they both had two RBI. Jordan Guida and Will Mulligan each had two hits and drove in one run.
Staten Jones improved to 3-0 with the win on the mound. He went 5.2 innings and allowed nine hits and seven runs, but he struck out 11 Ozark batter and walked three.
Chris Green struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save of the season.
St. Joseph is back at home Thursday as they host Clarinda at 7:00 p.m. inside Phil Welch Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 1550 AM.