SEMINOLE, Fl. - Mitch Smith tossed a one-hit shutout Thursday as the Kirkwood Eagles blanked Minnesota West Community & Technical College, 10-0, in the first game of their spring trip to Florida.
Minnesota West took the second game, 7-6, despite a five-run uprising by Kirkwood in the top of the last inning.
Smith (1-0) struck out five batters and walked only one in the five-inning contest in the opener. Gabe Lux socked a solo home run in a 10-hit attack for the Eagles.
Kirkwood trailed 7-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning in Game 2. The Eagles scored five times but fell a run short.
Elion drove in two runs. Brook Heinen had two doubles. Lux and Vaske scored twice.
The split left Kirkwood with a 5-5 record for the season.
Minnesota West 000 00 - 0
Kirkwood 205 12 - 10
Smith and Robles. W - Smith (1-0). 2B - Heinen, Paulus, McCardle. 3B - Patterson. HR - Lux. SB - Lux, Vaske, Lo.Elion.
Kirkwood 100 000 5 - 6
Minnesota West 421 000 x - 7
Le.Elion, Wilson (2), Nolan (6) and Moss. L - Le.Elion (0-1). 2B - Heinen 2, Vaske, Moeder, Moss. SF - Patterson. SB - Moeder.