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March 8, 2013SHADOAN, PITCHERS POWER BLUE DRAGONS TO SWEEP OF ROSE STATE
Freshman Dakota Shadoan hit two home runs while the Blue Dragon pitching staff continued to shine as the Hutchinson Community College baseball team earned its first doubleheader sweep of the season on Thursday in the 2013 home opener against Rose State at Hobart-Detter Field.
Shadoan's two homers and sophomore Logan Landon threw 6 2-3 innings to lead HCC to a tight 4-3 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. Freshman Kyle Simonds and four relievers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory to take the season series with Rose State 3-1.
Shadoan now has a team-high six home runs in the first eight games for the Blue Dragons (5-3). The Blue Dragon pitching staff limited the Raiders to a combined three runs and 11 hits on Thursday.
The Blue Dragons have moved their weekend Jayhawk West series with Garden City up a day to 2 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday at Williams Field in Garden City. The move was made because of impending cold and wet weather on Sunday.
GAME 1 RECAP - Hutchinson 4, Rose State 3
The Blue Dragons jumped on top with a three-run first inning and took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning when things got interesting for Landon and the Blue Dragons.
Landon left the game with two out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Zach Eden allowed an RBI single to pull Rose State within 4-3. Eden finished the job for his second save of the season by striking out No. 3 hitter Garrett Chain to end the game.
Landon (1-1) had a much better start against Rose State than he did in the season-opening doubleheader on Feb. 16 in Midwest City, Okla. Landon tossed career highs of 6 2-3 innings and seven strikeouts. He allowed seven hits, three runs, two earned runs and one walk. Outside of an unearned run in the third inning, only one runner reached scoring position and was stranded at second.
An RBI single by Brooks DeBord and Shadoan's two-run home run got the Blue Dragons off to a great start offensively in the first inning. Shadoan then wound up giving the Blue Dragons a huge insurance run with a long solo home run to lead off the fifth inning against Dillon Endecott, who threw a complete game and took the loss.
Rose State out-hit Hutchinson 8-6.
Shadoan went 2 for 3 with his two homers, two runs and three RBIs. DeBord, B.B. Kimbrel, Quintin Crandal and Jordan Maynard all had hits. Crandal's and Maynard's hits were doubles. The Blue Dragons were 3 of 4 stealing bases.
Defensively, Shadoan threw out two of three base stealers.
GAME 2 RECAP - Hutchinson 7, Rose State 0
After winning the first game of a doubleheader for the second-straight doubleheader, HCC completed its first sweep of the season with strong pitching and scoring at least one run in 4 of 6 offensive at-bats.
Making his first career start, Simonds threw the first two innings where he allowed no hits and two walks. Sophomore Josh Markel (1-0) earned the victory, allowing two hits and walking one. Neither Simonds or Sprinkle allowed a runner past second base.
From there, Ryan Sprinkle, James Watkins and Tyler Price continued to befuddle the Raiders. Sprinkle threw the fifth and had a strikeout and walk that was erased on a groundball double play. Watkins gave up a hit and single while striking out one in a shutout sixth inning. Price had one strikeout, one walk and a game-ending double play in his one inning of work.
Kimbrel led Hutchinson offensively in Game 2 with his first multi-hit game of the season going 3 of 4 with this third double of the season. Kimbrel had two RBIs and a run scored. Second baseman Gabe Wurth had his first career multi- hit game, going 2 for 3.
HCC had eight hits, the second-highest total of the season with only two for extra bases. Crandal also had a double.
Hutchinson scored single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings and finally broke the game open in the sixth. Kimbrel delivered a one-out single to score Maynard and Justin Harris. Two hitters later, Crandal laced a two-out, two-run double to score pinch runner Jacob Ek and Kimbrel to give the Blue Dragons a 7-0 lead.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons turned a season-high three double plays. HCC stranded nine runners on base.
Rose State committed nine errors.