The McPherson College baseball team and the Ottawa University Braves resumed their series on Sunday at Bulldog Park. The Bulldogs took games one and two on Saturday, but the Braves avoided the sweep by taking in the finale 5-4.
It was pitching by committee for the Bulldogs in the finale. They started with Garrett Connor on the mound. Conner went three and a third, allowing four runs on seven hits, with one strikeout and three walks. After Conner, the Bulldogs turned to Adam Tabor out of the pen. Tabor went two and two-thirds, holding the Braves scoreless and limiting them to just one hit.
From there, the Bulldogs used three pitchers over the final three innings. Jordan Keanini was next out of the pen and was credited with one run on one hit, but failed to record an out. Tyler Dunn came on with no outs and the bases loaded. He got out of that jam, surrendering only one run, and then worked the next inning. In all, he was credited with zero runs on one hit. The run the Braves scored while he was on the mound went to Keanini.
The final pitcher of the game for the Bulldogs was Mairion Brunken. Brunken worked the final inning, holding the Braves scoreless and hitless, setting them down in order with one strikeout.
Offensively, the Bulldogs out hit the Braves 11 to 9, but left 14 runners stranded on base. Kyle Lux and Jakob Shields led the Bulldog offense, each recording three hits. Lux reached base four times, going 3 for 4 with three singles and a walk. He also scored a run and drove in two more. Shields also had three singles, and scored twice.
"Good fight today," Bulldog head coach Bryan Moses said. "The weekend was successful for the dogs. Anytime you can win a conference series it's a plus. Looking forward to getting better this week."
With the loss, Mac falls to 11-8 overall, and 6-4 in the KCAC. They will get a chance to improve their overall record on Tuesday when they host the Manhattan Christian College Thunder at Bulldog Park. The Bulldogs and Thunder will play a double-header starting at 12 p.m.