McPherson College managed only three runs on 10 hits Saturday in dropping both games of a doubleheader to McPherson County rival Bethany College.

McPherson College managed only three runs on 10 hits Saturday in dropping both games of a doubleheader to McPherson County rival Bethany College.
The Bulldogs dropped game one 7-1, while the Swedes erupted for an 11-2 win in game two.
"Our conference is a dogfight this year and we have to stay above .500 from here on out,” Swede coach Andrew Bartman said. “This was a great opportunity to win back-to-back series which is something we did not do last year.”
Axel Sosa went the distance for Bethany (16-16, 7-5 KCAC) in game one, giving up the one run on five hits and one walk. Sosa also struck out four batter, three of which sat down looking.
Bethany jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the third inning, and only added to that lead in the fourth, as Sammuel Ramirez singled through the gap at second to score two runs. Bethany added two more after that to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
Mac did score once in the fifth inning, as Shon Pinard scored on a Reily Martin triple.
Nathan Crowe took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing six earned runs on eight hits. He did strike out two Swedes.
The Bulldogs (6-25, 2-10) did hold a brief 2-0 lead in the second inning of game two, thanks to some Swede miscues, but Bethany dominated the rest of the way, scoring nine runs between the third and fourth innings.
Andrew Gomez worked all seven innings, allowing five hits with no walks and striking out three.
“Both Axel and Andrew did a great job, the numbers tell the story and they competed their tails off,” Bartman said. “Being able to rest your bullpen in the middle of the season is a huge asset to us. Our hitters finally realized we are a singles-doubles and moving the runners with high energy on the base-path team. We were able to use that to our advantage and we did what we wanted to do today.”
Trevor Haycock took the loss for the Bulldogs, going three innings in the start and allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two strike outs.
Mac is at Fort Hays State University today for a nine inning game with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.
Bethany travels to the University of Saint Mary Thursday.

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