Kansas City, MO - The Hastings College baseball team had split the doubleheader against Avila on Saturday taking game on 7-1 before falling in game two 5-1 and then won the rubber match on Sunday 9-5.
In game one on Saturday, Andrew Kuta (SR/Edgar, NE) had his second consecutive strong outing throwing a complete game 7.0 innings giving up one run while scattering eight hits and striking out three.
Kuta was able to avoid much trouble until his offense gave him a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th. There the Eagles picked up two singles to begin the inning but then got Brandon Chandler to fly out, Chad Butler to ground out to third and pinch hitter Daniel Wells to ground out to second to get out of the jam.
Leading 1-0 with Kuta's strong performance keeping the Eagle bats in check, Reed Stone (JR/Sutton, NE) would single home Brandon Utrup (JR/Lincoln, NE) to make it 2-0 in the 3rd.
That lead would hold until the 6th where the Broncos began the inning with three straight singles before Bryce McMullen (SR/Omaha, NE) doubled down the left field line to plate Stone and Lucas Lingreen (SR/Sterling, CO).
A few batters later with the bases loaded, Utrup hit a ground rule double to left scoring Lucas Christensen and McMullen to make it 6-0. Ty O'Brien (JR/Omaha, NE) would later score on a Ty Neill (SR/Ogallala, NE) ground out to make it 7-0.
Utrup went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in game one.
Game two was not as kind to the Broncos scratching out five hits and getting one run on a Utrup RBI double in the first.
With the series tied 1-1 heading into Sunday, Hastings would once again get its bats going from the first pitch.
O'Brien got things started with a single and two batters later stole second. After a walk to Neill, Zack Petersen (JR/Waverly, NE) singled home O'Brien to make it 1-0. Stone backed that up with a RBI double bringing home Neill and put runners on second and third with just one out and a 2-0 lead.
Christensen roped a two RBI double of his own to push the lead to 4-0 before the Eagles even had a chance to bat.
With the score staying 4-0 heading into the 3rd, Christensen opened the inning by getting hit by a pitch and the Will Frei (SR/Omaha, NE) blasted a home run to left field pushing the lead to 6-0 before Avila picked up a run in the bottom half of the 3rd and 4th to make it 6-2.
That score stayed the same into the 7th when Hastings would strike again.
Hastings would score three runs off a fielders choice and two walks pushing the lead to 9-2 before taking the game 9-5 and the series.
Stone and O'Brien each had two hits while Christensen went 1-for-2 with three RBIs. Stone and Frei each added two RBIs.
Lance Hansen (JR/Blair, NE) went 7.1 innings giving up three runs on nine hits while striking out four.
Hastings improves to 6-8 on the year and will be back in action Tuesday March 7 hitting the road to take on Kansas Wesleyan with first pitch set for 5:00 p.m. in Salina, KS.