The ESU baseball team brought their brooms, as they swept the University of Central Oklahoma last Sunday and Monday. Sunday’s single game saw 19 hits recorded for Emporia, and the Hornets only had to finish eight innings of play to take the run-rule win.
ESU opened the floodgates early, scoring eight of their 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the second inning, the Bronchos scored three runs, but they were quickly shut down.
The Hornets scored in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to finish the game on a solid note, as ESU won 17-7.
Leading the team in hits was Kaden Shaffer, senior first baseman, with four hits on five at bats, closely followed by Trevor Turner, senior center fielder, with three hits and two RBIs.
Game one of Monday’s double-header began with two runs scored by UCO, but the Hornets answered back in the bottom of the first to tie the game at two.
The Bronchos scored their only runs in the sixth and seventh innings, where they scored two runs both innings.
ESU bats heated up in the later innings of the game, as they scored five runs in the seventh inning and six runs in the eighth inning.
Brian Grove, junior second baseman, Bryce Fischer, senior right fielder, Turner and Brandon Bachar, redshirt junior infielder, each contributed to the win with two hits.
In the final game of the series, Taylor Thompson, senior pitcher, started on the hill for the Hornets, as he pitched 4.2 innings and allowed two runs to score, one of those runs in the first inning.
ESU retaliated with two runs scored in the bottom of the first, and they proceeded to score in the second, fourth, and sixth innings.
Leading ESU’s offense at the plate were Grove with two hits, and Fischer. Tanner Arst, junior third baseman, and Kyle Lopez, senior designated hitter, all added one hit to the low scoring game.
The Hornets will travel to Warrensburg, Missouri to take on the Central Missouri Mules in a three game series this weekend. The first pitch will be thrown at 6 p.m. tomorrow.