PULASKI, Tenn. - MMC fell in a 5-2 loss for the first game of the four-game series with University of St. Francis, but rebounded with a 13-12 win on a walkoff homerun by Matt Thomas in game number two.
In the first game, St. Francis compiled multiple runs in both the first and second innings to stage a five-run lead over the RedHawks. Nick Flanagan was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI, while Rob Holley went 2-for-4. MMC put up their only two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but could not overcome the deficit as Kerry Workman suffered the loss on the hill.
The story was different, however, in a second-game slugfest. St. Francis again went up early, posting six runs across the first two innings, but the MMC bats came to life in the bottom of the second frame.As Zack Jordan led off with a single, Justin McQueen followed with a walk for Ryan Jett who blasted a homerun over the right-center field wall. Clint Gobbell then collected an RBI on a single that scored Zack Bailey, who was running for Jonathan Byrd.
Trailing 6-4, Ethan Chapman came in to relieve Marcus Green in the third, allowing only three runs across the next four innings. As Chapman worked on the hill, the RedHawk offense backed him, plating one in the fourth when Matt Franklin led off with a single, and came around to score on Matt Thomas's sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, MMC put up a five-spot due much in part to the middle of the lineup, all runs coming with two outs, tying up the game at 10-10.
With one out in the top of the 7th, with a runner on and one out, Owen Blackwelder came in as relief for Chapman, and back-to-back hits sent the go-ahead run to cross the plate for the Cougars. As USF went up by 2, 12-10, Gobbell led off the inning with a triple diving head first into third to spark the dugout. Holley then reached on a dropped fly ball that scored Gobbell, as Thomas then launched one over the left-center fence to win the game walkoff style, 13-12.
MMC continues their series with St. Francis on Saturday afternoon.