Bulldog Bats Come Alive Against MVC in Season Opener

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McPherson College Athletics

The McPherson College baseball team began 2020 with a bang, sweeping the first two games of the four-game series with Missouri Valley College, and outscoring the Vikings 38-6

The Bulldogs opened with a 16-5 win in game one, with Jacob Esch, picking up the win. Dylan Marble got the start on the bump, and went three and two-thirds, allowing five earned runs on six hits, finishing with three strikeouts and one walk. After Esch picked up the final out of the fourth inning in relief of Marble, Brett Carter came out of the pen to finish the game. Carter pitched three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while striking out five and walking just one.

Offensively, the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits, four of them going for extra bases. The big hits came off of the bats of Kyle Lux and Trevor Johnson, who both left the yard. Lux’s bomb was a solo shot over the centerfield wall, while Johnson hit his two leftfield, driving in two runs. The third Bulldog to record multiple hits in the opener was Malik Bond, who was 2 for 3 in his Bulldog debut with a single, a triple, and two RBIs.

The Bulldog scoring came in bunches, starting with three runs in the first, then five more in the second. They were blanked in the third but bounced back to add three more in the fourth. Shutout again in the fifth, the finished the game with a five-run flurry in the bottom of the sixth.

In the second game, the Mac boys picked right up where they left off in the opener. They belted out 16 hits, leading to 22 runs, 14 of them coming in the bottom of the third inning. Kris Perez and Jonah Shabry led the Bulldog onslaught, each recording three hits. Perez had a 3 for 4 performance with a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Shabry was perfect at the dish, going 3 for 3 with a double, three runs scored, and two more driven in.

The long ball again played a role in game two. The Bulldogs belted four more including two more from Lux, a grand slam from Johnson, and a solo homer from Jake Pearson, the first of his Bulldog career.

 Garrett Conner got the ball to start game two. He picked up the win, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and racking up eight strikes while only giving up one base on balls. In the sixth inning, Jake Herman came on in relief of Connor. Herman worked the final two innings, giving up one run on three hits with three K’s and one walk.

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