GREAT BEND— The season came to an end for the McPherson College Baseball team as they fell to Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Friday in the KCAC Tournament, 12-0.
It was a tough day for the Bulldogs from the plate as they took on the top seeded Eagles, who entered the game with a 38-9 record and were ranked 12th in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs were held scoreless against the Eagles and managed just six hits, only one of them going for extra bases. Mark Strebin had half of the Bulldog hits, going 3-for-4 with a pair of singles, and a double. The three other Bulldog hits were singles by Brevin Baessler, Kristopher Perez and Jackson Goodmiller.
On the mound, Dylan Marble got the start and worked the first three innings. He got through the first inning unscathed, but was roughed up in the second, giving up five runs. In all, he was charged six runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs went to their bullpen and brought in Garrett Connor. He pitched the fourth and fifth innings, and also gave up six runs on six hits. The final three innings were thrown by Tyler Dunn and Tyler Norris. Dunn pitched two innings of scoreless and hitless ball with a strikeout and two walks, and Norris worked one inning, striking out three, and giving up just one hit.
Bulldog Head Coach Bryan Moses summed up the day saying, "We are honored to play in such a competitive baseball conference. I wish the other teams luck as the post season moves forward."
The Bulldogs were receiving votes in the final regular season Top 25 poll, so there is still a chance they could receive an at-large bid to the NAIA regional. They will find out next Thursday if they have been selected to participate. If not, they will have finished, what was a historic season, with a 36-17 record. They had the most wins in program history and received votes in the NAIA rankings for the first time as well. They program high 20 wins in KCAC play and qualified for the post season tournament for just the second time. They have to replace six seniors, who were the bulk of the offensive load this season, but the good news is that they don't graduate a single pitcher. They will have a chance to be just as good, or even better next season. The future is bright for the "DOGS."