ACU Blanked By Missouri State on First Day of Bourland-Adroin Classic

Published 03/01 2014 12:04AM

Updated 03/01 2014 12:07AM

Reported by: Christopher Macaluso, ACU Assistant Director for Athletics Media Relations

ABILENE - Cody Schumacher and Sam Perez combined for 11 strikeouts during Missouri State's six-hit, 12-0 shutout of Abilene Christian Friday night at Crutcher Scott Field.

Schumacher started and struck out eight batters over 7.0 innings of work on 99 pitches to improve to 3-0. Perez came on in the eighth and retired six of the seven batters he faced.

Missouri State's (7-2) offense was equally potent as the Bears started the game by sending eight men to the plate during a four-run first inning. Tate Metheny led off with a triple against Garett Demeyere (2-1) and came home two batters later on Eric Cheray's single to right.

After a double steal coupled with a throwing error made it a 2-0 game, Spencer Johnson delivered a sacrifice fly to center field and Patrick Drake ripped an RBI double.

Matheny went on to score his second of three runs in the second inning, and then, just as it seemed Demeyere had re-discovered his groove in retiring 10-straight batters from the second to fifth innings, he gave up a two-out triple to Johnson followed by a back-breaking two-run home run by Matt Fultz.

Demeyere stayed in to face one more batter and struck out Conor Smith to end his 5.0 inning outing with six strikeouts.

Stuart Patke followed Demeyere to the mound in the sixth and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to keep his team in the ball game, but in the eighth, the Bears batted around on relievers Ladgie Zotyka and Nick Palacios, scoring five more times to make it a 12-0 game.

Offensively for the Wildcats (5-2), leadoff hitter Seth Spivey recorded three of his team's six hits, while Brandon Grudzielanek had the other two, including a fifth-inning single that snapped Schumacher's streak of retired batters at 11.

Connor Messman reached base in the seventh during the Wildcats' lone scoring threat of the game with a two-out single to center, but ACU left the bases loaded after Schumacher got Jordan Forrester to pop up to third.

Day two of the Bourland-Ardoin Classic begins Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with a rematch between Kansas State and Grand Canyon rematch followed by the Wildcats and Antelopes at 3 p.m. The final game of tomorrow's tripleheader is between Missouri State and Kansas State at 7 p.m.

The K-State Wildcats outlasted Grand Canyon, 9-4, in game one of this weekend's tournament held Friday afternoon.

The win went to KSU's Levi MaVorhis (1-1), who scattered seven hits over 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts. He was supported by a three-run first inning during which Austin Fisher and R.J. Santigate ripped back-to-back run scoring hits. The Wildcats further padded their lead with single runs in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh.

The Antelopes got a two-run home run in the second from Humberto Aranda, and scored twice more in the fifth thanks to a pair of Wildcat errors.

K-State scored four unanswered runs over the final four innings, the last of which came home on a RBI double by Shane Conlan.
Conlan finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI.

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