Bulldogs pound out sweep of Ottawa

By Steve Sell
March 13, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

It may have been frigid on Sunday at Light Capital Diamond, but McPherson College’s baseball bats were red-hot.

The Bulldogs pounded out a week’s worth of extra-base hits in demolishing Ottawa 24-11 in Game 1 and then completed the sweep in Game 2 with a 7-3 victory.

Mac, which had entered the day having lost eight games in a row, is now 2-3 in the KCAC and 9-15 overall. Ottawa had a tremendous 19-6 record coming into the day. The two teams play a single game today at Light Capital Diamond to complete the series, again in chilly conditions.

• Mac 24, Ottawa 11 — The Bulldogs set the tone by breaking out of their offensive slumber in a big way. They attacked the Braves for seven first-inning runs and later had innings of six and seven runs.

The teams turned Light Cap into a bandbox with 11 home runs, including three by OU’s Alexis Cruz.

But Mac’s Trevor Haycock had two, while Bryce Strecker, Dylan Klava, Dylan Fontenot, Desmond Grayson and Lane Fleming all parked one. For good measure, Klava, Evan Willow and Jackson Goodmiller all had two doubles and Fontenot had one. Klava was the winning pitcher.

• Mac 7, Ottawa 3 — Game 2 had more of a sense of normalcy. The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 before exploding for six runs in the fourth inning.

After all those extra-base hits in Game 1, Fontenot’s double was the only extra-base hit in the nightcap for Mac and OU also had just one, a homer by Randy Perez.

Fontenot and Trent Smith had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs. Matthew Green pitched a solid complete game for the Bulldogs, fanning eight.