HOBBS, N.M. — After three splits to open their baseball season, McPherson College’s Bulldogs finally came up with their first sweep of the year on Sunday against the University of Southwest.
The Bulldogs needed seventh-inning magic in both games for 6-4 and 4-3 victories.
In Game 1, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off a Southwest comeback attempt. Mac led 3-0 until the sixth when Southwest scored three runs to tie it.
The Bulldogs pinged out 10 singles, including two each by Kyle Lux, Brevin Baessler and Dominick Ramos. Jakob Shields drove in two runs.
Garrett Connor started and did not allow a run in his 3 1/3 innings. Four Bulldog pitchers toiled, with Blake Slaymaker getting the win and Tyler Dunn the save.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs again came up with some seventh-inning magic as they scored a run to break a 3-all tie for a 4-3 win. Mac again had a 3-0 lead in this one before Southwest scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to get even.
Ramos had two RBIs, while Lane Fleming collected three hits. Josh Lewis had another solid game on the mound for the win, with Mairion Brunken garnering the save.
"Lots of heart today from our guys,” said Mac coach Bryan Moses, whose team is now 5-3. “Pitchers deserve a lot of credit with the way they threw this weekend. We were supposed to play at home this weekend, but the guys made the most of it. Nice work by the ‘Dogs being road warriors."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to make their home debut on Tuesday when they host Central Christian College at 3:00 at Bulldog Park.