April 14, 2013 - Emporia State pounded out 18 hits including 12 for extra bases in a 10-6 series clinching win over Northwest Missouri on Sunday at the Trusler Sports Complex. The win improved the Hornets to 24-15 on the season and 22-12 in the MIAA.
After the Bearcats were retired in order in the top of the first, Jordan Slade hit the second pitch for a triple to right center. He came in on Blake Sturgeon's single to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Northwest Missouri came right back with two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. They were threatening again in the third and had the bases when Garrett Bane came on in relief of starter Zach gove. Bane got a strike out to end the inning and keep the Hornets within one run.
Todd Schultz doubled to lead off the Hornets half of the third and came home on Slade's second triple of the game to tie the score. Sturgeon followed with an RBI ground out to give Emporia State a 3-2 lead. Northwest was able to tie the score again in the top of the fourth with out a base hit. Steven Garber was hit by a pitch and went to second on a walk to Ryan Abernathy. A fielder's choice moved him to third and he scored on a wild pitch.
The Hornets broke the game open with a five run fourth inning. Andrew Blackwell led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Luke Slagle drove him in with a single to right center. After a pitching change for NWMSU Slade doubled to right center to drive in Slagle and Sturgeon followed with another double to plate Slade. Aaron Rea ended the scoring with a two run homer to left center to give the Hornets an 8-3 lead.
Northwest threatened again in the top of the fifth as they loaded the bases with two outs before Bane got another strike out to leave three Bearcats on the bases.
Schultz hit another lead off double in the sixth and would score on Rea's single to make it 9-3 Emporia State. Matt Hinkley came in to start the seventh and gve up a lead off homer to Tyler Durant that pulled the Bearcats within 9-4 before retiring the next six. With one out in the eighth Sturgeon doubled and Eric Dawson drove him in with his second double of the game to give the Hornets a six run lead headed to the ninth.
Dylan McEwin started the ninth for the Hornets and after getting the first two outs allowed the Bearcats to load the bases on a hit batter, an infield single and a walk. Back to back singles by Charlie Krueger and Garber pulled Northwest within four runs with the bases still loaded and chased McEwin. Shawn Talkington came in to close for the second straight game and got a foul out to end the game and record his first save of the year.
Slade was four of five with two RBI, three runs, two triples and a double while Sturgeon was three for five with three RBI, two runs and two doubles. Like Slade, Dawson was a homer short of the cycle going four for five with an RBI, two doubles and a triple. Rea went two for five with three RBI, a run scored and a home run.
Bane went 3.1 innings and allowed one run on no hits with six strike outs and four walks to pick up the win.
Emporia State is back in action on Wednesday, April 17 when they travel to Pittsburg State. First pitch of the double header at Al Ortaloni Field in Pittsburg is set for 3:00 p.m.
Northwest Missouri had scored at least seven runs in seven straight games entering the weekend and Emporia State's pitching held them to six or fewer runs in all three games.
David Allbritton managed the club while head coach Bob Fornelli sat out a suspension after getting ejected in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-5 Hornet win for arguing balls and strikes.