LAKE WALES, Fla. — A six run fourth inning broke the game open for Warner University (10-4) on its home field, as Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball fell Wednesday by a score of 11-1 in seven innings played.
MVNU did have six hits and nine walks in the game, but stranded 13 runners in the defeat. Its lone run came in the third inning to tie up the game at 1-1, as Ashton Myers doubled before reaching third on a wild pitch and scoring on an error from the centerfielder.
Starting pitcher Clint Conner was charged with the loss on the mound for MVNU, conceding eight runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings pitched with three walks and five strikeouts. Freshman reliever Adam Goodpaster threw for 2.2 innings of work, allowing just one earned run, and Jacob Roe was the final pitcher in the bottom of the seventh when Warner stopped the game short (due to the mercy rules) with two more runs tacked on.
Freshman catcher Billy Cooper and freshman third baseman Cory Clark each had multi-hit games with two apiece, while Christian Bacon earned three walks.
“Today we didn’t play with the competitive edge we played with last night,” said MVNU coach Keith Veale.
“As mentally alert and enthused as we were last night, we were flat and on our heels today. We gave up way too many free bases and Warner is a very opportunistic club. Their ability to get on base and make things happen was a real difference maker today. Once we gave up the six spot (in the 6th inning) we just didn’t have much fight today. It is a good lesson to learn from and we will look forward to another opportunity on Friday.”
MVNU (5-2) is scheduled to play two games with Trinity Baptist College in Auburndale, Florida, today beginning at 11 a.m.