(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) The St. Joseph Mustangs split their first doubleheader of the season Monday, taking a 7-3 decision over Ozark before falling to the Generals 6-3.
The Mustangs stay above .500 overall at 3-2 and sit 2-2 in MINK League play.
Central graduate Jonathan McCann got the start in game one and kept the Generals off the board until the third inning. Nursing a 1-0 lead, Mike Headlee knocked an RBI double before the designated hitter came around to score the go-ahead run.
Grant Fink opened the fourth inning with a solo home run to tie it as the Mustangs finished the frame with a brief 3-2 lead. Ozark got one back in the bottom of the inning to knot it 3-3.
Rather than play a seven-inning tilt due to doubleheader rules, the 3-3 tie lasted until the ninth, when St. Joe broke out to plate four runners. Trey Gonsalez (1-0) pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and closing out the Generals.
The Mustangs started the offense in game two as well as Missouri product Shane Segovia knocked a sacrifice fly to score Michael Schulze in the first. Although they added a run in the second, the Generals scored six times through the first three innings.
Northwest junior Patrick Brady gave up all six runs before being pulled after just 2 2/3 innings of work. The Mustangs' only rally threat came on Kyle Simpson's run-scoring single in the fifth.
Richard Nason pitched a complete game for Ozark, holding the Mustangs to six hits while fanning three batters.
The Mustangs continue their road trip Tuesday at Omaha.