Truman State baseball bullied at home by Drury

The Drury Panthers raced out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and Kevin Sweeney pitched no-hit ball through five innings as the Panthers took Sunday's opener 8-2.

Payton Reed singled in a pair of runs in the first and Taylor Bax hit a sac fly to give Drury the early lead.

Bax homered to right in a three-run third inning and Colton Jones and Nate Thimesch had RBI singles in a two-run sixth.

Sweeney cruised with four strikeouts and had a no-hitter going until Adam Bainbridge hit a solid shot to left field to lead off the sixth.

Paul Trenhaile scored the Bulldogs first run in the bottom of the seventh on fielding error and Kyle Smith scored the second after singling to right and scoring on a hit by Will Nader.

Logan Moose took the loss after going just three innings and was followed to the hill by Tyler Spencer and Tyler McCreary.

Game 4 Recap: Drury completed the sweep with a late barrage to win the nightcap 10-2. The game was 4-2 in the fifth when Truman had the bases loaded and no outs but winning pitcher Austin Faulconer by striking out two and getting TJ Wood to fly out.

The Panthers scored four times in the third, one on a sac fly and a two-out hit from Payton Reed and a two-run home run by Luke Tewes.

Truman answered back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning with Zak Larking drawing a leadoff walk and going to third on a single by Corban Williams. Paul Trenhaile hit a sac fly scoring Larkin and Dave Gambino grounded out to plate Williams.

Cody Gardner kept the Panthers hitless in the fourth and fifth innings and Larkin started the bottom of the fifth with a base hit. After stealing second, Williams walked and Trenhaile blooped a single to left to load the bases with no outs. Faulconer got Gambino swinging for out one and Blake Deaton looking for out two before Wood's fly ball to center ended the threat.

Gardner had a hitless sixth but Truman's bottom half was hampered by a double-play.

The Panthers had nine of their 16 hits in the final three innings and broke things open with a five-run ninth.

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