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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Friends downs McPherson 6-3 in KCAC tourney opener

  • Friends University opened up the 2013 KCAC Baseball Championship Tournament with a 6-3 win over McPherson College at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson on Tuesday night.
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  • Friends University opened up the 2013 KCAC Baseball Championship Tournament with a 6-3 win over McPherson College at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson on Tuesday night.
    The Falcons used a run in each of the first two innings and three runs in the third inning to fuel an early offensive attack in the win.
    Both teams notched a run in the first inning. Friends scored on an Andrew Miller RBI double to down the right field line while McPherson answered with a Taylor Werts RBI triple into deep left field.
    After Friends's centerfielder AJ Borja scored on a Case Schweninger RBI single in the top of the second, Falcon starter Matt Elliot settled in on the mound.
    Elliot retired the next six of seven Bulldog hitters and did not allow another run until the bottom of the seventh inning.
    Elliot finished his night going 6.2 innings and giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
    McPherson would cut into the lead in the bottom of the seventh when both Dorian Shelton  and Jose Nossa scored on a Zach Wilson double down the leftfield line.
    Friends would bring in Ryan Householder to finish the game.
    Householder would record the final out of the seventh inning and then hold McPherson scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings to end the game.
     Eilliot picked up the win for Friends. Nolan Huelsmann recorded the loss for McPherson. Householder was credited with the save.
    Friends (22-26, 12-16) was slated to play  tournament No. 1 Tabor College (36-12, 24-4) Wednesday afternoon. That game was postponed to today at 3 p.m.
    McPherson (20-28, 12-16) will  face No. 3 Bethany College (23-27, 13-15) tonight at 7 p.m. in the first elimination game of the tournament.
    The Swedes fell to Sterling Wednesday 12-6 before the weather forced cancellations.
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