BUTLER, Penn. — The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx came back from a four-run deficit to defeat No. 10 Penn College in the opening game Monday morning and then upset No. 2 Clark State 5-3 later in the afternoon of the 2013 USCAA Small College World Series.
The Lynx (25-20) found themselves down 4-0 in the first inning of play, but came back to defeat the Wildcats (22-16), 8-5, for the first victory.
Penn College took advantage of two loaded-base situations in the top of the first, scoring four runs to take an early 4-0 lead over the Lynx. Joe Phelps recorded his first strikeout of the day for the final out to get the Lynx out of the inning.
Kyle Forsythe got things going for the Lynx in the bottom of the first with a double deep to center field. Trey Meier drove in Forsythe for the first run of the game with his second-career triple to put LU-Belleville on the board. A sacrifice fly to the right field wall by Jake Degener would easily score Meier from third and the Lynx would close the gap, 4-2.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 5-2 with another run scored in the top of the second, but it the duo of Forsythe and Meier were at it again in the bottom of the third. Forsythe hit his second double of the game, scoring off an RBI single from Meier to put the score at 5-3.
With Christian Cavaness and Mirek Sharp on base in the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Ford came up with a single to score Cavaness to close in on the Wildcats, 5-4.
The Lynx came back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Meier drove in Forsythe for the third time on the day, extending the lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
The LU-Belleville baseball team produced their second comeback win of the day, upsetting No. 2 Clark State.
The Lynx (25-20) put up four runs in the fourth inning to come back from a three-run deficit and take the lead over the Eagles (24-4). The Lynx went on for the win, 5-3, to advance to the next round of play.
Clark State produced two runs in the bottom of the second to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead over the Lynx. The Eagles kept control in the third sending the Lynx down in order and putting one more run on the board for a 3-0 lead.
But the Lynx would not be silenced and answered in the top of the fourth, producing a four-run inning to take the lead. Dylan Skinner and Christian Cavaness scored to put the Lynx on the board, 3-2.
With two on and two outs, a two-run RBI double by Mirek Sharp drove in the go-ahead run as the Lynx took a 4-3 lead.
It was a quiet fifth inning, but a single by Kyle Forsythe drove in Sean Keeney as the First Team All-American duo put the Lynx up, 4-3, in the top of the sixth.
The Lynx put another run on the board in the top of sixth, which would stand as the final run of the game as the Lynx held on for the 5-3 win.
Dave Parkinson earned the win, going a complete seven innings allowing only three runs off three hits. The junior struck out four, including the final two batters of the game.
The Lynx will move on to face No. 3 Cincinnati-Clermont at 12:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday.
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