By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The early innings were costly for the Quincy University baseball team Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks spotted Drury eight runs in the bottom of the first inning of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader opener in Springfield, Mo. In Game 2, a five-inning third inning again gave the Panthers a comfortable lead.
Those big frames led to Drury's sweep by scores of 10-6 and 14-2. The Panthers also swept the Hawks on Saturday.
Quincy (7-14, 4-7) tried to make a game of it in the final inning of Game 1 after falling behind 10-2. Cole Judy drove in Matt Marek with a groundout, Drake Sykes hit a single to score Dakota DeFreitas and Nolan Rappe, and Kory Wisdom followed with a double to left-center field to score Sykes.
Sykes, Wisdom and Larry Sartin had two hits apiece for the Hawks. Alexis Pena took the loss after pitching the first 4 2/3 innings.
Quincy's only offense in the second game came in the top of the ninth inning when Gavin Meyer hit a double to right field to score Zach Knese and Sykes.
Sykes and Matthew Buck had two hits apiece for Quincy. Oswald Silvestre suffered the loss after pitching the first five innings.