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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Mac College sweeps Bethany 4-2, 2-1

  • For the first time in the program’s short history, the McPherson College Bulldogs pulled out a sweep of inter-county rival Bethany, taking game one 4-2 and game two 2-1.
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  • For the first time in the program’s short history, the McPherson College Bulldogs pulled out a sweep of inter-county rival Bethany, taking game one 4-2 and game two 2-1.
    Game one started with both teams in a pitchers dual, as both Mac College hurler Nolan Huelsmann and Bethany’s Clayton Cozzitorto were able to work their way out of jams with runners on base.
    It wasn’t until the bottom of the third that McPherson was able to take command, with a four-run inning. Jose Nossa knocked in Marcus Wilson off a single to shallow right field. Brendan Miller, the reigning KCAC player of the week twice over, then hit a single up the middle that drove in both Nossa an Keegan Bednasek. Miller was then driven in by Taylor Werts, who also singled tho shallow right-center.
    The Bulldogs’ 4-0 lead lasted until the top of the seventh, though Bethany had plenty of scoring opportunities, stranding a total of eight batters on base in the game.
    The Swedes staged the rally in the top of the seventh, however, as Aaron Huerta singled. He then scored off a wild throw to the infield from center fielder Zach Wilson off a single from Roeman Fields.
    Fields would then advance to third off the error and finally score off a balk by Werts, who came in for Huelsmann in the seventh for the save.
    Despite the win, McPherson was out-slugged by Bethany 12-5.
    “I talk to the guys all the time about taking advantage of opportunity,” Bulldog coach Andrew Ehling said. “That’s exactly what we did. That’s all we can do in those situations.”
    Huelsmann pitched 6 1/3 innings, facing 28 batters  and giving up only a run off those 12 Bethany hits.
    “(Huelsmann) pitched a fantastic game, kept us right there,” Ehling said. “He did a great job of keeping the ball down and throwing the second pitch for a strike. It’s the second week in a row he’s been able to do that. I hope he’s able to keep it up and stay consistent with that.”
    Ehling was also highly complimentary of Cozzitorto.
    “He pitched a really good game,” he said. “He pitched two or three pitches for a strike, which is really tough to be offensive when you’ve got someone on the other side doing that to you.”
    Game two was just as tight, with the Bulldogs winning in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh. The two teams were scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth, when Wilson came home off a sacrifice bunt from designated hitter Andrew Pina.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bethany (20-19, 10-8 KCAC) tied it up in the seventh inning off a solo home run to center field courtesy of Huerta.
    The Bulldogs (14-22, 8-10 KCAC) then got the bases loaded in the botto of the frame, setting up short stop Josh Grant to score off a walk to Dorian Shelton for the walk-off win 2-1.
    Friday’s sweep at Light Capital Diamond also marked the first time since the Bulldogs’ inaugural season in 2011 that they picked up a win over the Swedes.
    The scene shifts to Lindsborg for the second half of the weekend series. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

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