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Friday, 12 April 2013 19:55

BU Splits Doubleheader at MNU

Ryan Lasneske and the Wildcats will take on MNU for another doubleheader tomorrow Ryan Lasneske and the Wildcats will take on MNU for another doubleheader tomorrow

OLATHE, Kan. – The Baker University baseball team split its two-game set at MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 win in 11 innings in game one and a 4-3 loss in game two to its rival Pioneers at Dixon Stadium.

With the split, Baker improves to 5-26 overall and 2-12 in the conference. The Wildcats have now won 3 of its last five games.

The Wildcats and Pioneers will again square off tomorrow at 1 and 3 p.m. in Olathe, Kan.

In the first game, Baker scored first in the top of the second inning on a two-RBI single by Josh Ackerman that scored Bryan Kindle and Matt Fry. Baker had three hits in the first inning.

MNU responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first and another in the bottom of the third. But then both teams went scoreless all the way until the 10th inning.

In the tenth, Ackerman led off by being hit by a pitch and Gabe Greenbaum came in to pinch run for him. Sam Whim then came in to pitch for the Pioneers.

Sanderson then attempted a sacrifice bunt put reached on the fielder's choice and Greenbaum was thrown out. Mike Hobbs then pinch ran for Sanderson.

Next up at-bat for Baker was Ethan Jacks, who singled to right and Hobbs advanced to third. Ryan Terstriep then came up and hit a sac fly to left field that scored Hobbs to give Baker the 3-2 lead.

Neal Boyce then singled to centerfield and moved Jacks to third. Brett Ebers then came in to pitch for MNU and threw a wild pitch behind the plate and Jacks sprinted home to give Baker the 4-2 lead.

MNU bounced back and tied things up in the bottom of the 10th and the game went to the 11th inning.

In the 11th, Baker scored on a Sanderson sacrifice fly that scored Josh Zach. Then Kyle Pattrick shut down MNU to earn the victory in the bottom of the eleventh.

In game two, Baker again went up early with a run in the top of the first. Ackerman doubled to deep right-centerfield and scored Zach from first base.

The Wildcats tacked on another run in the top of the second, as Boyce knocked in Gabe Greenbaum.

MNU tied it up in the bottom of the fourth off of Baker starter Caleb Lee. Lee went all six innings for Baker striking out six Pioneers.

Baker then added a two-out run in the fifth inning on another Ackerman RBI single that scored Fry, but that proved to be the final run for Baker, as MNU added two more runs in the sixth to take home the 4-3 win.



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