The Griffons lost 6-4 to Southwest Baptist Thursday evening putting Western in a 0-1 hole with an elimination game coming Friday.
The Bearcats pounced on Grant Woods with a solo home run from Spencer Blacksher in the top of the first inning. The Griffons jumped ahead on RBIs from Cody Childs, Mitch Thorman and Trevor LaHonta in the second, and a Jake Schrader sacrifice fly in the third.
Anchored to a 4-1 lead, Woods shut down Southwest Baptist until the sixth inning. Bo Helsel singled in a run, and Chance Wolfe drove another in on a fielder's choice to bring the Bearcats back within one.
Mason Queen entered the game in relief of Woods in the seventh with a 12 2/3 inning scoreless streak intact. But it wouldn't stick around.
Baptist loaded the bases with two out and tied the game when Queen hit Jake Vore with a pitch. Helsel followed with a two-run single putting the Bearcats on top.
Queen pitched a perfect innings in the eighth and ninth, but the offense couldn't bail him out after giving up the lead.
Woods finished with a stat line including three earned runs allowed on six hits and four strikeouts in six innings.
The Griffs and Bearcats meet again Friday at 6pm at the Spring Sports Complex.
A loss ends Missouri Western's season. A win would push the series to a deciding game three in Bolivar on Saturday.
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