April 12, 2014- The Emporia State baseball team matched their longest winning streak of the season at six games as they swept a double header from Lincoln on Saturday at the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets won game one 12-4 and took the second 13-2 in seven innings. Emporia State has now scored at least ten runs in five straight games, the longest streak since doing it in six straight in 2010.
Two grand slams were the highlight of the matinee for the Hornets. Wade Hanna drilled his first career grand slam in the bottom of the first inning and Aaron Gile followed with his first in the second as Emporia State built an 11-1 lead after two innings.
Dakota McKaskle went 6.0 innings allowing four runs, all of which came via three Blue Tiger homers, while striking out five. Toby Cornejo was three for three, drove in the first run of the game and scored twice on the two grand slams.
Things started a bit slower in the nightcap as Lincoln starter Zach York struck out the side in the bottom of the first. Emporia State then scored three runs on back to back doubles by Tory Bell and Todd Schultz in the bottom of the second to take the lead. The Hornets led 5-1 going to the bottom of the sixth when they exploded for eight runs. A three run homer from Levi Parker highlighted the inning.
After failing to get the decision in his last two starts against Central Missouri that Emporia State won, Travis Hendry was finally credited with his first win. He had six strikeouts in 5.0 innings and allowed just one run on six hits. Cornejo went three for four with three RBI on two doubles and a run scored. Bell was also three for four with three RBI and scored two runs.
Emporia State hit 11 home runs in the four game series and have 13 round trippers in their last five games.
The Hornets will travel to Topeka for the final regular season Turnpike Tussle action of the year on Tuesday. Emporia State lost three of four last weekend to Washburn but won the other non-conference game and have a chance to split the regular season series.