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Kevin Shaffer, senior, pitched seven straight innings, only allowing one run, to give the Emporia State Hornet baseball team their 12th straight win, defeating the Newman Jets 4-1 in last night’s home game.

Wade Hanna, freshman outfielder, had the first hit for the Hornets with a single in the bottom of the second. Hanna stole second before being run home by Tory Bell, junior catcher. Newman would end the second, stranding Bell.

The game had two more scoreless innings before Dean Long, junior infielder, hit his 12th home run of the year driving home Justin Harris, junior outfielder. The Jets bounced back in the top of the seventh with three singles and a run scored.

“We take every game as if it’s our last,” Long, a recreation major, said. “We don’t look ahead for nobody and just because it is a weekday game doesn’t mean we are not going to play with our same intensity.”

Matt Hinkley, junior pitcher, relieved Shaffer in the eighth, retiring three pitchers with only six pitches. Hanna hit another single in the eighth to score Price Jacobs, junior outfielder, giving the Hornets a 4-1 lead. Brenton Higgins, senior pitcher, would close the game going three up, three down to retire the Jets in the top of the ninth.

“He (Shaffer) pitched great and he will probably be ready for the weekend which helps,” said Higgins, a biology major. “He had a quality start and it will save arms for this weekend and give everybody else a little break. It’s big when a pitcher goes that deep.”

Hanna went two for four with an RBI. Long went one for one with a two run homer and two walks. Shaffer threw 92 pitches in seven innings, only allowing one run on six hits.

“Dean has been really good lately, and we have always known he can do that,” said Bob Fornelli, head coach. “He is a special player at our level and we have always known he can do that and he is really going to help us down the stretch if he can stay hot.”

The Hornets are now 31-14 overall and 23-13 in the conference. They end the regular season with Lindenwood in a four-game series. Game one is set for Friday in St. Charles, Mo.

“I’ll sleep a lot better, it wasn’t really fun when we were 19-14,” said Fornelli.

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Baseball wins 12 straight