The McPherson College baseball team picked up another KCAC series win on Monday afternoon, taking down the Friends University Falcons in game three 15-4 in seven innings.
The Bulldogs scored 15 runs on 15 hits, but ironically none of them came from the long ball, despite moderate breeze blowing straight out to left field. Instead the Bulldogs used a combination of ten singles and five doubles to drive in 15 runs, finishing the game early via the run rule.
Six Bulldogs recorded multiple hits in the finale, including Jakob Shields, 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI; Lane Fleming, 2-for-3 with one scored and three RBI; Hunter Dreiling, 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI; Trevor Johnson, 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and one more driven in; McCoy Pearce, 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI; and Dominick Ramos 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. The five extra base hits were recorded by Shields, Ramos (2), Fleming and Brevin Baessler.
Defensively, the Bulldogs turned to Dylan Marble on the mound for the start. He picked up win, going four innings and allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. In the fifth, the Bulldogs went to the pen, bringing in Garrett Ham. Ham only lasted a third of an inning, forced to leave the game after taking a line drive off of his chest. Mairion Brunken came out of the bull pen and quickly got ready. He entered the game with the bases loaded and just one out. He got out of the inning relatively unscathed, surrendering just one run on a fielder's choice. He finished with stat line that included an inning and two thirds of work, and no runs on no hits.
In the seventh inning, the Bulldogs handed the ball to their closer, Jarrod Manick. With an 11 run lead, it wasn't a save situation for Manick, he hadn't pitched since the Avila series last weekend, so he needed to get in a little work. He didn't show any signs of rust, setting down the Falcons in order to close out the game.
Bulldogs Head Coach Bryan Moses commented on the win saying, "Our offense and bullpen picked up the dogs today. Several clutch two out hits along with a lot of strikes from the pen was the recipe for success, helping us to another series win."
Next up for the Bulldogs is a non-conference matchup on Wednesday against cross town rival Central Christian College. Currently the schedule has the Bulldogs and Central Christian College Tigers playing a single nine inning game out at Bulldog Park, starting at 3 p.m.