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03.15.14 | M Baseball

Baker Sweeps HAAC Opener at CMU

Gabe Greenbaum went 3-for-3 in game one for Baker Gabe Greenbaum went 3-for-3 in game one for Baker

FAYETTE, Mo. – The Baker University baseball team swept its 2014 HAAC opening doubleheader on Saturday, as they took down Central Methodist on the road, 8-1, 7-1 to move to 7-9 on the year and 2-0 in the conference.

Baker jumped out to an 8-0 lead with two runs in each of the first four innings in game one. Ethan Jacks' RBI double in the top of the first gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice fly and two RBI singles made the score 4-0 through two innings. Taylor Whittum hit a two-run homer to left in the third, and two sacrifice flies in the fourth put Baker in front by eight runs.

Central Methodist (5-9, 0-2) scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth. Neil Hansen led off with a single to left and scored three batters later on a Hayden McMillon sacrifice fly.

Gabe Greenbaum was 3-for-3 for Baker with a RBI and run scored in game one.

Jimmy Gricol earned the win with six innings pitched, allowing one unearned run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

The Eagles staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two following a Zellner sacrifice fly to center, plating Wagner.

Central Methodist pitcher Jeff King held the Wildcats scoreless until the fourth inning, when a Jacks' solo homer to left tied the contest. A Ryan Terstriep RBI double three batters later gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Two Josh Zach RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings made the score 5-1. A Terstriep two-run shot to left in the eighth gave Baker a six-run edge.

Whittum and Greenbaum each went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in game two.

Thomas Hawkins (1-2) picked up the win on the mound, allowing one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

Justin Bye got a save with three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. He walked three batters.

Baker will next take on Missouri Valley on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at home at 1 and 3 p.m. at Sauder Field.

Game One BOX SCORE

Game Two BOX SCORE

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