That the Mark Twain baseball team led after four innings was no consolation during a 15-5 loss at Bowling Green on Friday afternoon.

That the Mark Twain baseball team led after four innings was no consolation during a 15-5 loss at Bowling Green on Friday afternoon. 

Mark Twain had its Eastern Missouri Conference rival right where it wanted, scoring three in the fourth to take the lead and needing just nine more outs to secure victory.

The trouble was, the Tigers (3-5, 2-2 EMO) never recorded an out in the fifth.

The Bobcats strung together a streak of 14 straight batters to reach base, and Bowling Green exploded for 13 runs in the frame to turn a 3-run deficit into a 10-run victory abruptly ended by the mercy rule.

Casey Williams allowed two runs over his first four innings over work for Mark Twain before Bowling Green tagged him for five in the fourth. 

Tigers coach Ian Hatton turned to Caleb Peters first and Preston Eckler next on the mound, but neither could stop the onslaught.

Corey Kunkel and Eckler each went 2-for-3 on the day, while Cole Johnson, Loren Carlisle and Conner Grossmann each drew two walks a piece.