April 18, 2014- Emporia State ran its winning streak to nine games with a double header sweep of Northwest Missouri on Friday at the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets got a walk-off grand slam in a 6-2 win in the first game and then posted a 3-1 win in the second game.
Shawn Talkington was brilliant through the first six innings on the mound for the Hornets as he took a three hit shutout with eight strikeouts into the seventh inning. The Hornets had a 2-0 lead thanks to a first inning RBI double from Toby Cornejo and an Aaron Gile RBI double in the fourth. The Bearcats opened the seventh with a double from Eric McGlauflin. After Talkington got his ninth strike out of the game Steve Garber singled to put runners at first and third. Talkington tried to pick off Garber and his throw sailed to the fence allowing McGlauflin to score while Wade Hanna's throw back to infield got away allowing Garber to score and tie the game. Brenton Higgins came on in relief and got the final two outs to preserve the tie.
Levi Parker led off the bottom of the inning with a chopper up the middle that the second baseman could not handle cleanly. After a sac bunt moved Parker to second the Bearcats intentionally walked Dean Long. Andrew Trout come on in relief for NWMSU and walked Cornejo to lead the bases. Price Jacobs then sent a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left for a walk-off grand slam and a 6-2 Hornet win.
Jacobs ended the game three for four with four RBI and two runs scored. Higgins pitched .2 innings to pick up the win in relief of Talkington, who allowed two unearned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks.
The Hornets got another outstanding pitching effort in the second game, this time from Jarrod Miller who allowed one run on five hits in 7.0 innings. Emporia State again scored in the first inning when Jacobs hit an RBI single to plate Long. Jacobs put the Hornets up 2-0 when he led off the sixth with a double and scored on Hanna's single. The Bearcats cut the lead in half in the seventh when Nikko Pablo walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alex Singleton's pinch hit single then put runners at the corners with one out. John Pomatto reached on a fielder's choice as he beat out what would have been an inning ending double play and allowed Pablo to score. Miller then got a strike out to end the inning.
With one out in the eighth Gile gave the Horents a big insurance run with a home run for a 3-1 lead. Higgins came in to start the ninth and retired the side in order to pick up his eighth save of the season.
Miller struck out eight while giving up just one run on five hits with two walks to even his record at 4-4. Jacobs was two for four with an RBI and a run scored while Hanna was two for three with a run and RBI.
The two teams will wrap up their four game series with a double header starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Trusler Sports Complex.