Visiting Southwest Baptist (9-9, 4-5), a team in the bottom half of the MIAA baseball standings, opened up an early lead and held on from there to complete a three-game sweep with a 13-8 win over Fort Hays State University (9-11, 3-6) on Sunday at Larks Park.
A five-run third inning allowed the Bearcats to take a 6-0 lead before the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the third.
FHSU got back in the game in the fifth when Austin Unrein started a three-run frame with his fourth homer of the season. Connor Ross followed with an RBI double before Clayton Basgall brought in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 6-4.
Southwest Baptist’s Caleb Sneed answered with a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to make it 9-4 and forced Tiger starter Kyle Vogt from the game.
Vogt allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out two batters and walked one.
Ross brought another run across in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly, but the Bearcats added a pair of runs in the seventh. Mapes and Nick Hammeke had run-scoring base hits in the eighth to make it 11-7 to start the ninth.
SBU added a pair of runs in its final at-bat, and Unrein plated FHSU’s final run on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the ninth.
Giles Fox and Unrein pitched in relief for the Tigers, and both allowed a pair of runs. SBU starter Luke Lucas picked up the win after allowing four runs in 4.1 innings.
The Tigers return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. when they begin a three-game road series at MIAA leader Emporia State.