(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It took 14 innings and more than four hours, but the Mustangs rode their win streak to four games topping the Griffons 2-1.
With one out and runners on first and second, Eric Swain hit a line drive base hit over Nevada's Alex Lang. St. Joe native Lucas Powers motored around third base and slid into home just ahead of the tag to score the game-winning run.
"Powers better be running," Swain said with a smile after the game. "That's what was going through my mind. As soon as I saw the umpire nod his head I knew it, got excited, and here we go with the dog pile."
The Mustangs (26-15, 21-15 MINK) set themselves up for a big game Monday against the North Division leading Clarinda A's. St. Joseph is one game back of Clarinda with seven contests left in the regular season.
Jarrod Miller picked up his third win of the season throwing five scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Miller threw 53 pitches from the 10th through 14th innings, and pitching coach Kyle Jackson said afterward they were prepared to send him out for the 15th if necessary.
Stanten Jones set the tone for St. Joseph giving up just one run on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
Jones navigated through a couple jams, including bases loaded and one out in the fourth. The Arkansas Pine Bluff induced a ground ball that resulted in a 3-2-3 double play to end the inning.
The game nearly didn't need 14 innings to come to a 2-1 decision. In the bottom of the first, Joe Koerper doubled to deep center to score Carlos Rodriguez from first base, but Rodriguez was called out after Nevada appealed the play. On his way around third base, Rodriguez didn't touch the base. The Griffons bench caught the misstep, and won the appeal.
Now on a four-game win streak, St. Joseph takes Sunday off before diving back into MINK-play Monday at Clarinda.