St. Joseph loses second straight as they fall at home to Clarinda

riggertMustangsThe St. Joseph Mustangs lost their second consecutive game Thursday night as they fell at home to Clarinda, 10-8.

It’s the third time this season that St. Joe’s summer college baseball team has dropped back-to-back games as they are now 8-7 this season and 6-7 in the MINK League.

Clarinda broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with three runs and then took a 6-2 lead in the sixth inning before the Mustangs made their comeback.

Kris Koerper hit a sacrafice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 6-3 game and then Zac Johnson hit a two-out, three-run home run in the seventh to tie the game.

The A’s then used a two-out rally in the eighth inning to regain the lead as they scored four two out runs to take a 10-6 advantage.

St. Joe got an RBI ground out in the eighth by Shane O’Connell and a solo home run from Eric Swain in the ninth inning, but Koerper flew out to left field with two runners on base to end the game.

Johnson led the Mustangs offense as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.  Koerper had two sac flys and Swain drove in two and scored twice.

Jared Hawkins started for St. Joseph and went 5.1 innings.  He allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out two.

Trey Gonsalez suffered the loss in relief as he gave up two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Clarinda improves to 8-1 with the win and 6-1 in the MINK League.

The Mustangs are back at home Friday as they entertain Nevada for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.