April 6, 2013 - The Emporia State baseball team matched their longest winning streak of the season with a double header sweep of Truman on Saturday in Kirksville, Mo. In the process they ran their string of shut out wins to three in a row with a 1-0 win in game one and 11-0 win in game two.
The matinee was a classic pitchers duel between the Hornets' Dakota McKaskle and Truman's Tim Lee as neither pitcher gave up an earned run. The Bulldogs got runners to third base in the first and fifth innings while the Hornets got runners in scoring position in the first and third before scoring the winning run in the ninth.
Blake Sturgeon led off the top of the ninth by reaching on a fielding error by Bulldog shortstop Zak Larkin. He went to second on a ground out by Eric Dawson and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Zack Carlson then singled up the middle to drive in the winning run. McKaskle allowed two runners on in the ninth but got out of the inning for the Hornets second nine inning shut out of the week.
McKaskle scattered six hits and allowed one walk with a strike out as he improved to 5-3 on the season.
After scoring ten runs in their previous three games combined the Hornets erupted for 11 runs in the night cap. Emporia State scored two runs in the top of the first on two hits, two hit batters and a sac fly. They blew the game open with eight runs, seven of them unearned, in the third inning. Sturgeon led off with a walk and with two outs Aaron Rea reached on a Texas Leaguer that dropped between three Bulldogs. David Richards followed with an RBI single that scored Sturgeon. Todd Reller kept the inning alive when he reached and advanced on a throwing error that allowed Rea and Richards to score. Luke Slagle then belted a home run to left. Andrew Blackwell followed with a single and stole second before scoring on Jordan Slade's single. After a pitching change by Truman, Sturgeon reached for the second time in the inning, this time on a two base error in the outfield. Dawson drove in the final run of the inning with a double. Blackwell made it 11-0 with an RBI single in the fourth.
Brenton Higgins went the first 4.0 innings of the seven inning game to move to 3-0 on the season. He allowed three hits with three strike outs while walking one and hitting a batter. Parker McDaniel, Andrew Polly and Ben Jacks all worked a scoreless inning in relief to secure the third straight shut by the Hornets.
Dawson was three for four with a run and an RBI. Slade was two for four with an RBI and two runs scored while Rea went two for two with two runs and an RBI. Slagle and Richards both went one for two with a run and two RBI.
The Hornets will go for the series sweep on Sunday in Kirksville, Mo. First pitch of the single nine inning game is scheduled for 12 noon.
The last time Emporia State shut out three straight opponents was during the 1987 season when they defeated Central Missouri 5-0 and 2-0 followed by a 12-0 win over St.Mary's of the Plains.