McPherson College’s baseball team was hoping to make a big move up the KCAC standings this weekend against last-place Ottawa University.
But after losing both games on the road Saturday, the Bulldogs had to come up with a sweep Sunday at Light Capital Diamond to earn the series split, despite the heroics of McPherson High graduate Aaron Marshall, who plays first base for OU.
The Bulldogs have split every four-game KCAC series so far as they are now 6-6. Here is a summary:
• Ottawa 5, McPherson 1 — The Bulldogs forgot to bring along their bats as Ottawa won its first KCAC game after eight straight losses. Jacob Loucks held Mac to just three singles, with Austin Russell driving in Zach Wilson with the only run. Mac pitcher Taylor Werts was the hard-luck loser as he deserved a better fate, striking out eight. Marshall was a thorn in the side with two hits for OU.
• Ottawa 4, McPherson 3 — Marshall hit a walk-off two-run homer for the Braves in the bottom of the seventh to deal the Bulldogs an agonizing loss. Mac had scored in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, but reliever Brant Rhoades couldn’t hold it as the lanky Marshall powered an offering out of the park. He had two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Mac was led by McPherson High grad Seth Davenport, who had two hits and an RBI. Jose Nossa also had two hits.
• Mac 12, Ottawa 11 — With the wind howling Sunday, both teams turned Light Capital Diamond into a bandbox. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the sixth to tie the game at 11, then won it on a bases-loaded, hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the seventh by Davenport.
Wilson had an incredible game for Mac by going 5 for 5, including two doubles. Jordan Slaton had a homer, double and single, while Austin Russell had a double and two singles. Davenport and Tom Potter both had a double and single.
Josh Grant was the winner in relief. Marshall continued to torment the Bulldogs by going 3 for 5 with two RBIs and hit his second homer of the series.
• Mac 10, Ottawa 6 — The hits just kept on coming. Wilson was on fire with two homers and four RBIs as the Bulldogs garnered the split of the series. Russell, Potter and Dorian Shelton all added two hits apiece. Colter Streck was the winner.
Marshall continued his campaign for All-KCAC with his third homer of the series — and eighth of the year — and he also singled, good for four RBIs.
For the series, he was 9 of 15 with three homers and eight RBIs.
Mac is now 10-19 overall and its 6-6 record puts it in fourth place in the KCAC. The Bulldogs have a huge intracounty matchup coming up here Friday when they host Bethany. First pitch at Light Capital Diamond is set for 5 p.m.