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Hornets sweep Lincoln in four-game series

Hornets sweep Lincoln in four-game series

Rocky Robinson

Matt Hinkley, junior pitcher, starts off game two of the doubleheader against Lincoln University of Missouri last Saturday. The Hornets won all four games of the series.

Emporia State baseball swept their four game series against Lincoln this past weekend at Trusler Sports Complex.

The Hornets started the weekend strong with a 19-3 victory on Friday. ESU was up 12-0 by the fourth inning with one run in the first, six runs in the second and five runs in the third. The Tigers were able to score once in the fourth, but The Hornets put up three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the sixth. Lincoln scored two more runs in the seventh for the final score 19-3.

The Hornets had three home runs on Friday from Price Jacobs, junior outfielder; Aaron Gile, sophomore infielder and Tory Bell, junior catcher. Shawn Talkington, junior pitcher, allowed only one run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts going 5.0 innings.

The nightcap saw another big win for ESU, with a final score of 20-3. The Hornets got an early lead with four runs in the first. They scored seven more in the third with the help of a grand slam by Dean Long, junior infielder. ESU put up another nine runs on nine hits in the fourth, leaving the bases loaded. Lincoln only managed to score one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Long went two for five and had five RBIs. Todd Shultz, senior catcher, went three for four and had three RBIs. Jarrod Miller, junior pitcher, had one run out of three hits and struck out five going 5.0 innings.

“We hit and pitched the ball better than we could have hoped for,” Long, a recreation major, said. “Everything was clicking, and it was a great team effort.”

The Hornets continued to dominate on Saturday, taking the first game 12-4. They scored six runs in the first inning after a grand slam from Wade Hanna, freshman outfielder, which was the first of his career. ESU put up five more runs in the second inning, thanks to another grand slam, this time from Gile. The Tigers only scored one in the second and three in the sixth, allowing the Hornets to take another victory.

ESU completed the sweep after winning the final game on Saturday. The Hornets were ahead 5-1 going into the sixth inning, where they scored eight more runs after a three run Homer from Levi Parker, junior infielder. Lincoln only scored once more in the seventh, making the final score 13-2.

“We played great defense this weekend, and we swung really well,” said Toby Cornejo, senior inner disciplinary studies. “We’re going to try to keep that going and carry it on the rest of the year.”

Travis Hendry, junior pitcher, got his first win on Saturday, allowing only one run on six hits with six strikeouts in five innings. The team managed to hit 11 home runs over the weekend.

“We had a great week, but we have to be ready for what’s next,” said Bob Fornelli, head coach. “There’s two more weeks of the regular season left and for us to get where we want to be, we’re going to have to finish strong.”

The Hornets also got the win against Washburn in Topeka on Tuesday night 7-6. They will play at home again this weekend against Northwest Missouri State.

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