By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
A three-run fifth inning helped the Quincy University baseball team win the opening game of its Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader against Missouri S&T 6-5 Sunday afternoon at QU-Stadium.
However, the Hawks were forced to settle for the split, dropping the nightcap 5-1.
By taking three of four games from the Miners over the weekend, QU (11-16, 8-9) moved from last place in the GLVC's West Division standings into fifth, a half-game behind Maryville. The Hawks are two games behind second place Missouri-St. Louis.
Quincy cut the Miners' lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning of Game 1 when Mitchell Broughton scored on an interference call. Missouri S&T catcher Brett Yasul tried to pick up a ball with his mask, and all QU players advanced a base.
Larry Sartin led off the fifth with a single up the middle. Gavin Meyer put down a sacrifice bunt, and the third baseman's pulled the second baseman off the bag at second, making everyone safe. Kenny May laid a bunt single along the third-base line to load the bases, and Kory Wisdom knocked a two-run double to left-center field to give the Hawks a 5-4 lead.
After a pitching change, Broughton singled to left to score May.
May and Broughton finished with two hits apiece for the Hawks. Jake Wehde relieved Alexis Pena with one out in the top of the first inning after the starter had surrendered three runs and pitched the next 4 2/3 innings for the victory. Matt Fishman pitched sixth and seventh to earn his fourth save.
Quincy scored first in Game 2 when Matt Marek singled home Wisdom with one out. Missouri S&T (13-18, 8-10) answered with two runs in the second inning and put the game out of reach with a two-run eighth.
The Hawks stranded 10 runners and finished the second game with eight hits. Zach Knese had three hits and Dominic Miles had two.
Quincy starter Oswald Silvestre pitched the first six innings. His record dropped to 0-4.