McPherson College may have given Manhattan Christian College their first win of the season Wednesday afternoon in game one of a home doubleheader, but the Bulldogs made the Crusaders pay for it in game two.
The Bulldogs were just edged out 3-2 in the first game at Light Capital Diamonds, but then bounced back to thrash the Crusaders 20-6 in game two.
McPherson was the first to get on the scoreboard in game one, as Dorlan Shelton scored off a Jose Nossa single to left field. Manhattan Christian responded with a three run fourth inning to take the lead.
The Bulldogs closed the gap in the fifth, as Taylor Werts singled home Nossa, but the rally came up short and McPherson fell 3-2.
Izak Wherry took the loss for McPherson (5-20), as he came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up one run off five hits. He faced 16 batters, striking out two and walking two. Nossa had the hot-streak for Mac College, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Manhattan Christian (1-20) looked to capitalize on their game one momentum, but the Bulldogs put the brakes on that with an eight-run first inning, which included a two-run home run to left field from Brendan Miller. Nossa and Zach Wilson each managed to score twice in the inning.
Manhattan Christian managed to get a pair of runs in during the third inning, but that only seemed to anger the Bulldogs more, as they responded with five runs in the bottom half.
The same story unfolded in the fourth, as MCC drove in three, and McPherson responded with seven in the bottom of the inning. This included a pair of two-RBI singles from Wilson and Josh Grant.
Brant Rhoades picked up his first win for the Bulldogs on the mound, working one inning, giving up a run on two hits and striking out one.
Wilson powered the Mac offense, hitting 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Miller had four RBIs of 3-for-4 hitting.
The Bulldogs are back at home today for a KCAC doubleheader with the University of Saint Mary. First pitch at Light Capital is at 2 p.m.