Koerper brothers lead St. Joseph to doubleheader sweep over Ozark

Posted 1 year ago

By Dave Riggert

riggertMustangsThe St. Joseph Mustangs snapped a two-game losing streak Friday night against Ozark as St. Joe’s summer college baseball swept a doubleheader against the Generals, 10-3 and 8-7.

In game one, St. Joseph jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but they opened things up in the third with four more runs.

The Mustangs added three in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth.

Joe and Kris Koerper each homered and drove in three runs in the game.  The first time the two brothers homered in the same game this season.

Eric Swain, Connor Foreman and Payton Scarbrough each had one RBI each, while Brandon Huske scored three runs.

St. Joe starter Aaron Baker threw a complete game to earn the win as he improves to 4-1.  Baker allowed three runs on just four hits.  He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

In game two, the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but Ozark scored seven unearned runs with four in the third inning adn three more in the fourth.

St. Joseph did battle back though and eventually won the game in dramatic fashion.

The Mustangs pulled within one run in the seventh and final inning, and Kris Koerper came through with a two-out RBI double to score Emilio Villanueva and tie the game.

Then Joe Koerper hit a sharp ground ball to second that Justin Lois couldn’t handle and Brandon Huske scored the winning run.

Kris Koerper hit another home run in the nightcap and had three RBI, while Swain had two hits and Kyle Richards hit a home run and drove in two runs.

Staten Jones struggled on the mound as he went just 3.1 innings and he allowed six runs on six hits.  Trey Gonsalez earned the win in relief as he went 1.1 innings and didn’t allowed a run.

The Mustangs are now 15-10 this season and 11-10 in the MINK League.  They’re at home again Saturday as they host the Sedalia Bombers at 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on 680 KFEQ and here on StJosephPost.com.