Emporia State baseball swept the University of Minnesota-Duluth in a three game series at home on March 17 and 18.

In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, ESU struggled to score runs. Of the four runs they scored, two came from sacrifice fly outs.

Seth Holman, senior pitcher pitched a full seven innings for the Hornets, allowing one earned run with five strikeouts.

The second game of the day was also a defensive battle, as both teams struggled to score runs. The first four innings of the game were scoreless for both teams.

The Hornets took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI double that scored Brian Grove, junior second baseman.

Minnesota Duluth tied the game in the top of the eighth inning on a double and an error by ESU that scored the runner at second.

Emporia scored the winning run of the game as Mack Gowing, senior outfielder, was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. Gowing scored on Bryce Fischer’s, senior outfielder, single up the middle.

Mason LeClair, junior pitcher, came in to close the game, and he got two of the three outs until he felt something in his side, and he was relieved by Trey Taylor, junior pitcher, who struck out the final batter of the game after walking his first batter.

ESU won the game 2-1 in nine innings.

Coming back on Sunday, the Hornets’ bats were hot, as ESU scored 11 runs on 15 hits.

After three innings, the Hornets had a 5-1 lead on Tanner Arst’s, junior infielder, two doubles and four RBIs. The seventh inning was full of offense for ESU, as they scored five runs in one half inning.

Tanner Cairns, junior pitcher, hurled seven complete innings, and allowed one earned run on three hits. Layne Downing, senior pitcher and closer, came in during the final inning to close the game, and had a strikeout.

Baseball will take on Fort Hays at home in a three day series at the Trusler Sports Complex, beginning 6 p.m. tonight.

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