Park 2, Bethany 0
Baker 3, Park 0
(BALDWIN CITY, Kan.) Nicholas Martinez scattered three hits over a complete-game, seven-inning outing and Park University scored a pair of first-inning runs to beat Bethany College 2-0 Sunday (March 9) in Baldwin City, Kan., but Park (2-7) wasn't able to leave Baker University with a pair of wins, falling to the Wildcats 3-0 in the second game of a split doubleheader at BU's Sauder Field.
Kirk Pruitt doubled to lead off the game against Bethany (8-13), getting to third base on Kyzer Hoover's groundout and scoring the game's first run when Tyler Malcook tripled. Malcook later scored when Christian Torres grounded out to third base.
Two of Bethany's three hits began the second inning, but Martinez sat the next 17 batters, keeping the Swedes off the bases until the seventh inning when designated hitter Daniel Hordo placed a two-out single in center field. Martinez (1-0) stopped the Bethany threat with a ground ball to the mound, though, preserving his first-career shutout and first win of the 2014 season.
Hordo had two of Bethany's three hits, going 2-for-3, and Cody Malloy added Park's third hit in the game.
"Nick worked a great game, today, and we're lucky he didn't need anything else out of our bats, because we're really struggling at the plate," said Park baseball coach Cary Lundy. "We couldn't get anything going in the second game, and our pitching really wasn't that bad. There just wasn't any room for error."
Baker scored two in the fourth inning during the second game, using Taylor Whittum's RBI double and a single by Neal Boyce after a wild pitch to build a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats added a third run in the sixth, when Gabe Greenbaum drove in Lake Johnson, and Ryan Lasneske had an outing much like the one Martinez produced against Bethany, going seven innings to beat Park with three strikeouts and four Pirate hits.
Ryan Terstriep was 2-for-2 for Baker, while Hoover, Torrres, Luis Maldonado and Shaun Williams, Jr., had hits for Park. Freshman Paul Hernandez (0-2) took the loss, as Baker improved to 5-9.
Park's schedule has been rearranged for next week, including cancelling three different nonconference dates to accommodate its American Midwest Conference schedule. The Pirates were to travel to Central Methodist Monday, host Bellevue Tuesday, and host Baker Wednesday. All three sets of games have been cancelled to allow Park to make up a three-game series, originally scheduled for this past weekend, at Williams Baptist College.