UN-Omaha splits with Emporia St.
EMPORIA, Kan. -- Second-ranked Emporia State was outhit 17-15 on the afternoon, but managed to pull out the split of a double header with Nebraska-Omaha. ESU fell in the first game 5-2 before rebounding to win the second game 8-6 at Glennen Field.
In game one, ESU fell behind 3-0 early, and nearly came from behind adding two runs in the fifth and sixth inning before falling 5-2. Parker Amos hit his first home run of the season at the plate driving one to left field off 2010 MIAA Pitcher of the Year Joe Holtmeyer. David Allbritton also doubled and drove in one run as Andy Cotton was thrown out at the plate to end the Hornet threat in the sixth.
On the mound, Drew Smith allowed three runs and earned his first loss to fall to 3-1 on the season. Zach Gove and Brett Kinsel each allowed one run in relief.
In game two, ESU fell behind 2-0 early before they rebounded with two runs in the second and one in the third to take a 3-2 lead. UNO answered by going back up, this time taking a 5-3 advantage before ESU put up five runs in the fifth inning to put the game away in a 8-6 win. At the plate Amos went two for three and drove in three Hornet runs. Dillon Hazlett went two for three with a double and drove in two runs while also scoring two. Allbritton went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs with two runs scored.
Kinsel pitched two innings of relief to pick up his third win of the season, and Michael Cotter pitched the final two frames to shut the door and earn his eighth save in just eight appearances.