Bears slug their way past SEMO to end skid


SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State hit three home runs in the first inning and clubbed seven total extra-base hits Tuesday for a 10-3 home victory over Southeast Missouri State at Hammons Field.

After yielding an unearned run to the Redhawks (14-15) in the top of the first, Caden Bogenpohl hit the first pitch he saw over the fence in right center for his eighth homer of the year, and Zack Stewart and Taeg Gollert went back-to-back with one out for a 3-1 lead.

The Bears (11-15) plated four in the fourth on a combination of two walks, three hits and an error to open the gap to 7-1, with RBIs coming from Bogenpohl, Dylan Leach and Stewart.

The wind made for some tough defensive chances and helped SEMO score twice in the fifth, and the Bears responded in the bottom half when Nick Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a Logan Chambers pinch-hit triple before Curry Sutherland drove in Chambers with his second double of the game.

Leach added a leadoff double in the sixth and scored on Stewart’s third RBI hit of the game for the 10-3 final.

Four MSU pitchers combined to allow one earned run, and each struck out two batters. Jake Syverson went two innings in the start, Tyler Tscherter (1-0) got the win by throwing next 2.1 frames, Kaleb Thomas pitched through the sixth and Hunter Day allowed just one hit over the final three innings.

The Bears host Kansas State (18-8) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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