Central Christian College swept Manhattan Christian College in a chilly Tuesday doubleheader, winning game two in blowout fashion.
Manhattan Christian jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Tigers going into the sixth inning, when Central Christian managed to shake off its execution woes and drove in four runs to take the lead. They added one in the seventh, and pitcher Logan Mullins shut down the Crusaders on the mound, giving Central the 5-2 win.
Mullins faced 28 batters in his 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs off 10 hits. He struck out none and walked one. Douglas Gove worked the last third of the seventh to preserve the win and pick up the save.
Aaron Roberts had two RBIs off 1-for-3 hitting. Troy Richter went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
“We found a way to come back in game one, as we did not execute early in the game,” Central coach Justin Cunningham said. “However, Mullins gave us another good outing, which kept the game close.”
That wasn’t an issue in game two, as the Tigers erupted in the first inning for eight runs on their way to a 14-2 drubbing of Manhattan Christian.
The Tigers scored all 14 of their runs in the first two innings, with Richter once again producing big for Central. He went 1-for-2, that one a double, with three RBIs and a run scored.
“We were able to put up some runs early and give us a cushion,” Cunningham said. “A lot of players were able to get in the game, which is always a good thing.”
Avery Miller picked up the win for Central Christian (13-23), throwing for four innings and giving up two runs on two hits.
The Tigers go on the road for their next series, as they travel to Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.
Friday’s doubleheader begins at noon.