The Mules did it again, sweeping Northeastern State in a four-game series last weekend, improving to 27-16, 22-10 MIAA. It is their second sweep of the season. The team’s seven-game win streak was snapped Tuesday in a 12-inning 11-10 loss to Rockhurst.
Due to weather complications over the weekend, the Mules were forced into playing two doubleheaders Thursday and Friday.
The Mules came out slow in the opening game Thursday, letting the RiverHawks jump on top 3-0 in the third inning.
The Mules responded quickly toping the RiverHawks with four runs in the bottom frame, and never looked back.
Junior infielder Bennett Oliver got the Mules started from a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run. On the following play, redshirt junior Dusty Maas scored. Junior Derek Cornell scored on a throwing error to tie the game at three, while senior Tony Sandifer scored on redshirt junior Matt Milner’s RBI single to center field.
The Mules tacked on another three runs in the fifth, winning the first game 7-3 in seven innings.
Game two went the distance, taking all nine innings to complete, giving the Mules a 15-10 victory.
The Mules collected 27 hits while earning 22 runs in the first doubleheader.
Junior Dylen Farrell hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning of game two, tying the game at five. The Mules took the lead in the fifth inning on sophomore Jackson Schnurbusch’s RBI bunt single.
Friday’s doubleheader was dedicated to seniors Sandfier, Trevor Jones, Jake Heissler, Ricky Rivera and Blake Kolons playing in their final home games as Mules.
“I can’t believe how fast my four years on this field have flown by,” Jones said. “(It) seems like it was yesterday I was a freshman walking in here. I made a lot of brothers and memories on this field, I thank God and feel so blessed to call this place home for life.”
The RiverHawks wasted no time scoring three runs off of a Cody Begovich home run in the second inning.
The Mules got a run back off of Milner’s RBI in the bottom inning. Trevor Jones’ two-run single brought the Mules within a run of tying the RiverHawks.
The game ended with a two-run single to right field from Cornell, giving the Mules a 5-4 walk-off win.
In the final game, the Mules didn’t give the RiverHawks a chance to gain the lead, winning 9-6 in nine innings.
Rivera started the game pitching and allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings.
“This series was big, not only for the team and fans but for the seniors to go out with a win,” Rivera said. “We really needed to take care of business at home. This gave us momentum heading into the post season. I feel like we’re all on the same page.”
The Mules conclude the regular season play next week, facing Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo. First pitch of the four-game series is scheduled for tomorrow at 6 p.m.