There’s apparently little separating McPherson College’s baseball team from Kansas Wesleyan.
The teams opened KCAC play this weekend by splitting a four-game series, the first two played in McPherson and the latter twinbill in Salina.
• McPherson 3, Kansas Wesleyan 0 — Mac’s Taylor Werts dodged landmines, throwing a seven-inning, nine-hit shutout as he was like Houdini inning after inning. He fanned seven and did not walk a batter. He also hit a double, as did Jose Nossa and Zach Wilson. Nossa also had a single as Mac won despite garnering just five hits.
• Kansas Wesleyan 4, Mac 3 — The Coyotes broke a 3-all tie by pushing across a run in the sixth for the win.
Jordan Slaton and Tom Potter had doubles for the Bulldogs, but again Mac managed just five hits. Brad Rhoades was the loser in relief of Nolan Huelsmann, who gave five innings of solid work.
• Mac 8, Kansas Wesleyan 2 — The Bulldogs put themselves in position for a sweep by bringing out the bats with a four-run first inning.
Wilson, Slaton, Nossa, Werts and Seth Davenport all crashed doubles as Mac awoke at the plate with 11 hits. Davenport and Nossa were 3 for 4. All that offense made it easy for Scott Hughes, who was nails as he allowed only singletons in the second and third innings. He walked only two and fanned three.
• Kansas Wesleyan 8, Mac 1 — The Bulldogs flatlined in their attempt to move to 3-1 in the KCAC.
The offense, for the third time in four games, produced just five hits and all were singles. Nossa had two of them. Josh Grant took the loss.
Mac is now 5-12 overall and plays Monday at Avila. It plays at MidAmerica Nazarene the following day as the college is on spring break and the Bulldogs will be busy.