The Emporia State baseball team recorded their second straight series sweep and moved their winning streak to 11 games as they took both ends of a double header with Northwest Missouri. The Hornets won game one 3-2 and took the nightcap 11-7.
For the second day in a row Emporia State won the first game of the double header in walk off fashion. The Hornets put single runs on the board in the second and fifth inning, both courtesy of Wade Hanna. He had an RBI double in the second and a solo home run in the fifth to give Emporia State a 2-0 lead. Dakota McKaskle gave up his only runs of the game in the sixth on a two run homer by Eric McGlauflin. Price Jacobs opened the seventh by reaching on an error and with two outs went to second on a Todd Schultz single. Pinch hitter Jordan Hodges was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Levi Parker delivered the walk off win with a single to left.
McKaskle went the distance allowing just the two runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Dean Long gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the first before the Bearcats took their first lead of the series with three runs in the second. Emporia State tied the score with two runs in the third as Tory Bell came home when Long reached on a fielder’s choice and Jordan Hodges scored on a wild pitch. Back to back doubles gave the Bearcats a 4-3 lead in the fourth before the Hornets answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Parker’s two run double was the big hit of the inning and put Emporia State ahead for good. Long had an RBI single to give the Hornets an 8-4 lead after six before the Bearcats scored three runs on two homers in the top of the seventh. Brenton Higgins came on in relief with runners on first and third and got a fly out on a great catch by Jacobs to end the inning. Long capped off a six RBI game with a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Emporia State an 11-7 lead.
Long finished the game three for five with six RBI and two runs scored while Parker went two for four with two RBI and two runs scored. Travis Hendry worked the first 5.1 inning allowing four runs on seven hits to pick up the win. Higgins worked the final 2.1 innings, coming in with the potential go ahead run on base, retiring seven straight to pick up his ninth save of the year.
Emporia State will close out the home portion of the regular season with a single game against Newman on Tuesday, April 22 at Trusler. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.
The 11 game winning streak is the longest for Emporia State since a 13 game streak in the 2011 season.