(ST. JOSEPH) The Mustangs' bats have come back around over the past week. The offense has produced five runs through each of the past four wins.
That's despite a lineup shuffle with the departures of Missouri Western standouts Michael Schulze, Grant Fink, and Kyle Simpson.
St. Joseph (11-9 MINK) hit that mark again Friday, defeating Omaha 6-4 in comeback fashion at Phil Welch Stadium.
The first meeting between the two in Nebraska was a 2-1 pitchers duel that went to the Diamond Spirit. They cracked the scoring early Friday as Kevin Connolly shot Dixon Marble's pitch to right for a two-run triple in the first inning.
The Mustangs would get into a three-run hole before responding in the third. Zac Johnson shot a bloop single over the outstretched glove of Keymon Thomas at first, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
Marble lasted 7 2/3 innings before being yanked with two men on. He gave up 10 hits and four earn runs, the last of which came off a Jarrod Miller pitch in relief.
Down 4-2 in the eighth after a Kris Koerper RBI, Griffin Gordon and Eric Swain reach to put the tying runs aboard. Connor Foreman delivered with two outs, beating out an infield chopper to plate both runners.
Payton Scarbrough followed that up by shooting the go-ahead single to left before an error by Thomas allowed him to touch home for a two-run cushion.
Miller picked up the victory after just 1/3 innings of work.
The Mustangs face off with Sedalia at 7 p.m. Saturday.