Baseball Bulldogs move into 2nd place in KCAC

By Steve Sell
April 13, 2019

For many years, McPherson College’s baseball team has been overwhelmed by Tabor.

The Bulldogs have suffered many ignominious defeats at the hands of the Bluejays, but the gap has been narrowing recently.

And now it’s closed.

The Bulldogs had an historic day on Saturday at Bulldog Park as they swept the Bluejays and leapfrogged them for second place in the KCAC.

Mac won 7-3 and 4-1 as it is now 19-7 in the KCAC and 30-11 overall, tying the school record for victories. It is also assured of winning the series as the teams play a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Game 1 was tied until the fifth when the Bulldogs erupted for four runs and they never looked back.

Jakob Shields had two hits for the Bulldogs. Garrett Connor went the route, scattering eight hits and walking only one.

In the second game, Mac pitchers Mairion Brunken and Jarrod Manick combined on a four-hitter as the Bulldogs completed the sweep. Brunken pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings before Manick finished up.

Lane Fleming, McCoy Pearce and Jackson Goodmiller all picked up two hits to lead the Bulldogs.

Mac is still two games back of KCAC leader Oklahoma Wesleyan in the loss column. Tabor is now tied for third place with York at 18-8.