The Emporia State baseball team swept their last home series against the Riverhawks last weekend at home. In the three game series, ESU only allowed NSU to score four total runs.
Jumping on the scoreboard early, the Hornets scored a run in the bottom of the first to take the lead in the first game of the series. The Riverhawks scored their only run for the day on a solo home-run hit by Jaxon Phipps, sophomore infielder, in the top of the second.
Seth Holman, senior pitcher, started and finished the game, as the only pitcher that threw for the Hornets. He allowed one run on six hits and eleven strikeouts on the afternoon.
ESU’s offense backed Holman, as they took advantage of four Riverhawk errors to score their eight runs to secure the win.
Brian Grove, junior second baseman, Bryce Fischer, senior right fielder, and Mason Brown, senior catcher, all added one hit to the win, while Mack Gowing, senior outfielder, led his team with two hits. Grove and Brown both contributed two RBIs each.
Following Friday’s game, the Hornets came back Saturday for game two of the series, in which they finished with the same 8-1 win as the previous day.
Tanner Cairns, junior pitcher, also started and finished a complete nine innings, striking out eight batters and allowing one run on eight hits.
Northeastern scored their one run in the top of the fourth inning on three hits, taking the lead of the game, as ESU did not score until the sixth inning.
The Hornets opened the floodgates in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring six runs on five hits. On 13 total hits, ESU scored eight runs overall and clenched the 8-1 win.
In the final game on Sunday, ESU finished the series with a 5-2 win over the Riverhawks. Ten Hornet hits and a single Riverhawk error contributed to the win.
Kaden Shaffer, senior first baseman, led the team, going three for four on the day, followed by Grove and Fischer with two hits a piece.
The Hornets will finish their regular season in a three-game series 6 p.m. Friday at Lindenwood, Missouri against the Lions.