(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Mustangs showed signs of rust in their first game after a three day break as the Generals cruised to a 15-2 win.
St. Joseph (13-10, 9-10 MINK) was out-hit 19-5 in the contest, and committed three errors -- all in the fifth inning.
Ozark broke the game open in the third inning. Three singles drove in four runs, and chased St. Joe starting pitcher Jonathan McCann.
McCann allowed five earned runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
The defense didn't do any favors for relief pitcher Jerad Hawkins. A routine ground ball and pop fly were booted in the fifth inning, and Hawkins threw away a pickoff attempt in the frame. Four runs came across -- two unearned -- opening up a 9-1 Ozark lead.
In the fourth inning with two on, Mustang catcher Payton Scarbrough grounded to short, but reached on a throwing error. That allowed Kris Koerper to score the Mustangs first run.
Shortstop Brandon Huske went 1-3 with St. Joe's lone RBI.
The Mustangs are back up against the Generals in a doubleheader from Phil Welch Stadium Friday evening.