The McPherson College Baseball team extended their current winning streak to seven games with a pair of non-conference victories at home on Tuesday over Bacone College. The Bulldog offense was on display, scoring a total of 34 runs on 33 hits, including 11 doubles, and 7 home runs. Mac took game one, 15-5, and then continued the offensive barrage in game two, winning 19-5.
The gusty winds made it tough for the guys on the mound all day, but the Bulldog pitchers battled through the conditions. Jacob Esch earned the win in game one on four innings pitched, surrendering just one runs on two hits. Jake Herman and Tyler Dunn came on in relief of Esch working the final three innings. Herman got in one inning of work giving up four unearned runs on four hits, while Dunn's two innings of work resulted in no hit or runs. Both relievers had one strikeout and no walks.
The Bulldog offense was fueled by the long ball, and a perfect performance at the dish by Brevin Baessler and Kyle Lux. Both finished the game 3-for-3 with a home run. Baessler's was a solo shot in the first inning, while Lux's was a three-run shot an inning later. Lux also had a double as did Bo Slaymaker, Jackson Goodmiller and Kristopher Perez. In addition to the home runs by Baessler and Lux, Jakob Shields and Lane Fleming also sent shots over the wall, both of them driving in three runs.
In the second game, the Bulldogs used four more pitchers, starting with Garrett Ham. Ham worked the first two innings giving up three runs on four hits, but didn't pitched the prerequisite number of innings to factor into the decision. The win would go to one of the relievers at the discretion of the official scorer. The Bulldogs brought Tyler Norris, Brett Carter and Josh Lewis out of the bullpen over the course of the final five innings. Norris worked the third and fourth innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout. Carter pitched the fifth and sixth innings with similar numbers. He also gave up one unearned run, but on three hits. Lewis threw the final inning and set the Warriors down in order to close out the game.
The Bulldog offense continued to see the ball well in game two. They pounded out 16 more hits, including seven more doubles, and three more home runs. Shields and Baessler led the hit parade in game two, both finishing the game with three hits in five trips to the plate. Both had a double as did Goodmiller, Fleming, Trevor Johnson and Dom Ramos, who had two. The three Bulldog home runs in game two were hit by Lux and Baessler, who hit their second of the day, and Johnson who got his first.
With the two wins, the Bulldogs are now 33-11 overall. They will get back to the conference portion of their schedule this weekend when they go on the road to Lindsborg for an intra-county match up with the Bethany College Swedes. The three-game series with the Swedes kicks off with a single-nine on Friday at 2 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
While the Bulldogs and Warriors were in the middle of game one, the NAIA released its latest top 25 coaches' poll. The Bulldogs' recent success on the diamond hasn't gone unnoticed by the poll raters. While they haven't broken into the top 25 yet in the latest poll, they received 10 votes. This is the first time in program history the Bulldogs have been named in an NAIA coaches' poll.