McPherson College rebounded from a game one meltdown to split a Thursday evening doubleheader with Ottawa University at Light Capital Diamonds.

McPherson College rebounded from a game one meltdown to split a Thursday evening doubleheader with Ottawa University at Light Capital Diamonds.

The Bulldogs gave up seven runs in the fourth inning of game one, falling 11-6, but bounced back in game two to win 3-1.

“We’ve got to learn from it,” McPherson coach Andrew Ehling said of the game one let down. “It’s happened to us all year. We’ve got to continue to learn and fight and grow. Hopefully, we’ll minimize the damage in the future.”

McPherson jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first and had a 3-1 advantage going into the top of the fourth inning. The Braves proceeded to drive in seven runs on five hits, though the Bulldogs didn’t help their own cause any with an error against Dorian Shelton that allowed Ottawa’s Josh Reynolds to score off a fielder’s obstruction ruling from the umpires.

The Braves would score one run in each of the next three innings to stretch the lead to 11-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. McPherson added a run off a Brendan Miller RBI single. Miller and Taylor Werts would then score off a Josh Grant sacrifice fly to center field.

Scott Hughes took the loss for McPherson, working 3 2/3 innings and giving up eight runs off eight hits.

He walked four and struck one of the 15 batters he faced.

“Scott (Hughes), he’s a great arm but he lacks consistency,” Ehling said. “That was kind of exposed in (the fourth) inning. He wasn’t able to throw a second pitch for a strike, he wasn’t able to get ahead.

Those things are going to happen if you aren’t able to jump ahead of batters.”

Game two started out on a much better note for McPherson, as Miller bashed a two-run home run to right field in the Bulldog first inning, powering Mac to a 3-1 win over Ottawa.

Miller had a hand in all three runs recorded by McPherson in game two, as he scored the third run during the third inning off a Werts single to right-center field.

“(Miller) is a very mature hitter,” Ehling said. “Honestly, I expect him to go up and have good at bats every time and always give us another chance to have another base runner. I’m always hoping there’s guys in front of him, because he’s going to have the opportunity to hit a home run or get an extra base hit, something to move the runners.”

Miller finished the day perfect at the plate, going a total of 5-for-5, with five RBIs and five runs scored between the two games.

Nolan Huelsmann picked up the game two win, pitching five innings and giving up only one run on one hit. He struck out five and walked one.

Werts was credited with the save, as he worked the final two innings in relief, striking out five Ottawa batters and not giving up a single hit.

The final two he faced, Reynolds and Alejandro Villegas, were struck out looking.

McPherson (10-22, 4-10 KCAC) makes the trip to Ottawa tomorrow to wrap up the four-game series.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

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