The Missouri Western Griffons won all four games this weekend, sweeping Southern Baptist University and then beating Emporia State on Tuesday.
Maurice Bruce enjoyed a great weekend going 9-14 with six RBIs and scoring seven runs.
Western won the first game with Casey Danley going 4-6 with three RBIs and Nate Hunter getting the win despite giving up eight hits and seven-earned runs. This is also where Bruce’s great weekend got started when he went 4-5 with four runs and three RBIs.
Griffon pitchers combined to strikeout 11 SBU batters, and Southwest Baptist allowed eight unearned runs. Western extended its winning streak to six games and scored 11 or more runs in back-to-back games with this game and the previous one.
Their next game went 10 innings and ended with a single and a wild pitch which scored two and gave Western a 6-4 win.
Bruce’s good weekend continued and he went 3-5 with one RBI and one run. Brooks Day also went 1-3 with three walks. Western used three pitchers with Jacob Miller going four innings while giving up four runs off six hits and three walks. Then Levi Abrahamson went five innings with only one hit and two strikeouts, giving him his first win on the season. Kellen Richards came in for an inning and got the save. Abrahamson and Richards combined to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard the rest of the way, allowing just one hit over the final six innings of the game.
Westerns batters hit well, but struck out nine times in this game but was walked 11 times.
In the final game of the series, Western beat the Bearcats decisively 6-1, extending their win streak to eight games.
Dusty Stroup went 3-5 on the day with two runs scored and a double. Bruce went 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Danley was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Day hit .400 in the series and walked five times. Jibas walked six times in the series. Richards appeared in all three games of the series, giving up two hits and no runs in 3-1/3 innings.
In the final game, Western beat Emporia State tuesday night in 11 innings by a final score of 7-6. Western was winning 4-2 but four runs in the ninth gave Emporia the lead. However, Western scored two in the ninth and then one in the 11th to give them the win.
Fisher Ryan went 2-2 with two RBIs and Nolan Meyer went 3-5 with an RBI. Hunter ended the game on the mound, pitching 3-1/3 innings letting up four runs off seven hits.
Next weekend, Western is home facing Pittsburg State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as they hope to continue their winning streak.