Sixteen is a serious number.
The Missouri State baseball Bears swept Saturday’s doubleheader behind 16 hits from 10 players, while five MSU pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts over both games for the series win over Dallas Baptist.
Game one 4-3, MSU
After two scoreless innings, Dallas Baptist plated three runs on three singles in the top of the third inning.
Missouri State answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Freshman Mason Hull and junior Jack Duffy collected back to back singles, as Hull scored on an error.
Junior Drew Millas followed up with his second hit of the day, driving in Duffy.
Senior Ben Whetstone sent one flying over the right field wall, putting the Bears on top, 4-3.
Over the next six innings, each squad picked up two more hits. Sophomore RHP Connor Sechler came in for the close and sent six straight batters back to the dugout in the eighth and ninth innings, securing the save for the Bears.
Junior RHP Logan Wiley earned his third win of the season behind four strikeouts and just five walks.
Game two 6-0, MSU
The Bears got on the board early thanks to Dakota Kotowski’s 10th home run of the season in right field in the bottom of the first inning. The freshman currently leads all Bears in home runs this spring.
Dallas Baptist loaded the bases on two outs in the top of the third inning, but senior LHP Davis Schwab collected his sixth strikeout of the game with three pitches to save Missouri State’s 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Sam Faith and junior Logan Geha set the tone for the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles. Hull’s sacrifice bunt put the runners in scoring position for junior John Privitera to double up the score with his two-out double to the left field corner, extending the Bears’ lead 4-0.
Schwab kept the Patriots scoreless through five innings, posting eight strikeouts on 61 strikes and giving up just one hit, before freshman Hayden Juenger came in for relief.
Juenger knocked down six-straight batters over two innings to keep the Patriots hitless through five frames.
In the bottom of the seventh, Privitera and Duffy teamed up for back-to-back hits with no outs. Millas popped up to left center, but two throwing errors allowed Privitera and Duffy to score to extend the Bears lead 6-0.
The eighth and ninth innings went scoreless for both clubs, allowing Schwab to earn the shutout win for Missouri State, moving his record to 2-4 this season.
The Bears will host Wichita State on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. for their last non-conference game of the regular season.