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Baseball splits four-game series

The Emporia State Hornets baseball team took on the Nebraska Kearney Lopers in Emporia last weekend, splitting the four-game series.

The Lopers took an early lead in the game on Friday, leading by six at the end of the fourth inning. The Hornets were able to take the lead by one at the bottom of the fifth with the help of a two-run single from Dean Long, junior infielder. Nebraska Kearney got the lead again with a two-run home run, and ended up winning by three runs.

Friday saw a split in the double header, with the Lopers taking the first game 3-1. The nightcap saw no runs until the bottom of the fourth, when the Hornets went up by one thanks to an RBI single from Aaron Gile, sophomore infielder. Nebraska Kearney answered in the top of the sixth and took a 2-1 lead. ESU tied it up in the bottom of the sixth and ultimately came away with a 3-2 win.

The ESU baseball team got the split with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. ESU led by four in the bottom of the sixth. The Lopers scored three in the top of the eighth, but Brenton Higgins, senior pitcher, was able to close out the game for the victory.

The Hornets will travel to Hays this weekend to take on the Fort Hays Tigers.

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