No. 1 Emporia St. stays unbeaten
Hornets sweep doubleheader against Southwest Baptist
Emporia State came from behind for a 7-6 win in game one of its Friday doubleheader against Southwest Baptist and then held on to win game two, 7-4.
In the opener, ESU used a three run seventh to earn the win. Baptist got on the board in the first, scoring four runs in the top half. The Hornets answered with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Neither team would score again until the seventh when SBU scored twice. Parker Amos singled to start the inning, Joe Vaskas walked and Rudy Weiser pinch ran for him. With runners at first and second Jacob White had a bunt single down the line to load the bases.
With the bases loaded, Andy Cotton grounded into an RBI fielder's choice. Dillon Hazlett then singled to tie the game and David Allbritton singled to give ESU a walk-off win.
Hazlett went 3-for-4 in the game and drove in two runs. Kevin Wempe was 1-for-3 and drove in two runs.
Brett Kinsel pitched his way out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning to earn his second win of the season.
In the nightcap, ESU got the board first as Kevin Wempe homered as part of a three-run second inning. SBU would answer with a run before ESU got two more to take the 5-1 advantage. SBU countered with a rally to cut the lead to 5-4 before ESU got two in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away.
At the plate, Wempe had one hit and two RBI while Joe Kornbrust added two hits. Hazlett had a hit and stole home in the fifth to put ESU ahead for good. Allbritton and Beau Poston added RBIs for the Hornets.
On the mound, Drew Smith worked five innings to pick up his second win while Michael Cotter picked up his second save in as many days and his sixth of the season.
With the sweep, ESU moves to 15-0.