McPherson College played nationally ranked Sterling close in a couple of baseball games this weekend, but the end result was four losses for the Bulldogs.
Mac dropped to 10-14 in the KCAC and 16-28 overall. The teams played Friday in Sterling, with McPherson returning the favor on Saturday.
Here is a summary:
• Sterling 3, Mac 2 — This was a tough one to swallow. The Bulldogs’ Taylor Werts was brilliant for five innings, holding the nation’s No. 25 team scoreless. Mac led 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth when Sterling scored twice, then pushed across the winner in the seventh. Werts fanned six and walked only one in taking the difficult loss. Mac had six singles by six different players.
• Sterling 7, Mac 3 — A couple of three-run innings decided the outcome. The Bulldogs did receive a homer from Jordan Slaton, while Zach Wilson and Jose Nossa collected two singles apiece. Scott Hughes took the loss.
• Sterling 18, Mac 17 — The wind was blowing out at Light Capital Diamond, resulting in four homers for Sterling and one for Mac, that by Slaton. This was another crushing loss, as Mac led 13-6 after three innings, buoyed by a 10-run third. Sterling, though, unfurled an eight-run sixth inning to win the game. Mac wasted an 18-hit salvo, led by Wilson (four hits, three RBIs) and Slaton (three hits, four RBIs). Nossa, Werts, Seth Davenport and Bennett Ratzloff all added two hits. Colter Streck took the loss.
• Sterling 16, Mac 2 — Emotionally beat down by some tough losses, the Bulldogs were never in the finale as Sterling led 12-0 after three innings. Werts had two hits for Mac. Josh Grant took the loss.
It doesn’t get any easier for Mac next weekend as it plays four games against KCAC top dog Tabor. The teams play here Friday, then in Hillsboro on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.