Missouri Western faced William Jewell and the University of Central Oklahoma, winning two games in the four they played.
Western started Dustin Agnew against William Jewell and he pitched well enough to get the win, throwing for two innings not allowing a hit, as Western won 5-4. Casey Danley stretched his hit streak to 15 games with a 2-5 day at the plate. He also scored one and drove in a run. Will Jibas went 2-for-2 after replacing Bailey Zimmer at first base. Jibas drove in one and walked once.
Brooks Day, Levi Schreiner, Ryan Smith and Kyle Snuttjer all had two hits apiece
In the first game of the series against Central Oklahoma, the Bronchos scored three runs in the first two innings en route to a 5-2 win.
Kellan Richards broke the Western single season appearances record with his NCAA-leading 28th of the season. The junior broke Eric Snider’s record set in 1985. Richards struck out the only batter he faced Friday.
Coach Buzz Verduzco talked about this achievement.
“We’re happy to see Kellan got the record, but we’d like to see more from the rest of our bullpen so he doesn’t have to keep going out there,” Verduzco said. “Richards is very good as a one out guy, and we’ve been having to keep him in for sometimes up to two innings and that’s not great.”
Danley extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 1-4 day at the plate, while Day went 2-4 and scored one of the Griffons’ runs. Day has hit safely in nine straight games and 11 of his last 12
Going back to some early woes, Griffon batters struck out 14 times in the game.
Game two in the series Western was helped by a masterful pitching performance by Nate Hunter, as he went seven and a third innings, only allowing two runs on six hits.
Some late game runs though, pushed UCO to this comeback win against the Griffons.
Verduzco talked about the loss afterwards.
“Obviously it stings, seeing a great performance by Hunter, and then for us to lose,” Verduzco said. “We did what we could and it sucks that we couldn’t come away with a win.”
Hunter talked about the game and how he felt about the loss.
“I feel like we played well, I pitched well, just not everything was there, something was off,” Hunter said. “It sucks we didn’t get the win, and I could blame but I won’t. It’s a team game and we lost.”
Game three was a turn around game as pitcher Jacob Miller went a full eight innings, despite coach Verduzco not wanting him to, and pitched a stellar game up to a 4-1 win.
Miller talked about his pitch count and his limit.
“Fun fact, Verduzco didn’t want me to go out that last inning,” Miller said. “It was past my pitch count, but I’m glad I did.”
Danley hit a home run in the game but sadly did lose his hitting streak in the second game of the series.
Next, Western travels to Northwest to face them tonight, and then they travel to Fort Hays for a three-game series.