By ANDRES MARTINEZ
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
After playing its first 13 games on the road, the Quincy University baseball team looked right at home at QU-Stadium on Saturday.
The Hawks swept Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers 7-5 and 10-1 to improve to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the GLVC. QU is tied with Drury and Maryville for first place in the GLVC West Division.
"It's good (winning at home)," QU coach Josh Rabe said. "It's definitely good momentum to have."
In Game 1, QU senior Joe Williams hit a three-run home run to right field in the bottom of the seventh to break up a 4-4 tie.
"I was just looking for a pitch I could drive and hopefully get a hit to get the guy in," said Williams, who finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs in Game 1. "I got a pitch I could really handle and got a good swing on it, and got it out of the park."
The Hawks previously held leads twice, only to see the Rangers (0-7, 0-5 GLVC) tie the game. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the Rangers tied the game in the third.
The Hawks' Nick Tindell hit a two-run home run to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third, and QU added another run in the fourth. The Rangers scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game again at 4.
Senior Clayton Hicks (2-1) picked up the win after he went seven innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts. Freshman Teddy Rule came in the ninth to close the game and allowed an unearned run.
In Game 2, the Hawks took a big lead early.
In the first inning, Tindall singled to drive in Mitchell Broughton, who had reached on a double. The Hawks scored four runs in the second inning to extend their lead to 5-0.
QU added another run in the third inning, and also received help on the mound. All-GLVC pitcher Matt McDaniel went 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run and one hit to go along with six strikeouts in the win. He upped his record to 2-1.
"It definitely helped (getting an early lead)," Rabe said. "It helped McDaniel settled in. It helped him get in a groove and get comfortable."
The Rangers got a run back in the fifth, but the Hawks responded. After adding another run, the Hawks loaded the bases. With a full count, Broughton hit a bases-clearing single.
"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," said Broughton, who went 3 for 4 with five RBIs. "It's always good coming up with guys on base knowing you can contribute to the team."