By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Quincy University freshman Graham Spraker was one out away from completing a feat that many pitchers at any level dream of: a no-hitter.
With a 1-0 lead and a runner on second base and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Spraker unleashed a pitch to pinch hitter Corban Williams, who knocked it over the right-field wall. The home run gave Truman State a 2-1 win to salvage a split with the Hawks at QU-Stadium. The Hawks won the opener 3-1.
The home run nullified a lead the Hawks (8-15, 5-8 GLVC) took in the fifth inning.
In that inning, Matt Marek singled to right field and advanced to second on an error by the right fielder. Dominic Miles grounded out on the next at-bat, advancing Marek to third. Marek scored on Drake Sykes' sacrifice fly.
The lone run wasn't enough for Spraker as he squandered the winning runs in the seventh.
Hawks redshirt freshman pitcher Mark Niebrugge won Game 1. Niebrugge threw eight innings while striking out two and allowing three hits.
The Hawks' bats gave him the three runs he needed.
In the fourth inning, Miles was walked and Matthew Buck followed with a single to advance Miles to second. Catcher Larry Sartin singled to drive in Miles, giving QU a 1-0 lead.
QU tacked on another run in the fifth inning when Kenny May led off with a double. Mitchell Broughton singled to left center to drive home May and the lead grew to 2-0.
Marek led the eighth inning with a single. He advanced to third on a pair of errors. Miles singled to drive in Marek to give QU a 3-0 lead.
Matt Fishman came in relief and allowed a run in the ninth, but picked up the save for QU.
Benedictine completed a sweep of the Trojans with a win Tuesday evening in Springfield, Ill.
HLGU took an early lead when Drew Morecraft gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first inning.
Benedictine responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.
HLGU scored two runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the sixth inning to take a brief 6-5 lead over Benedictine. The Trojans earned the lead when Edwin Dominguez hit a two-RBI single up the middle that scored Harrison Broadstreet and Gunner Western.
The Bulldogs answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and took the lead for good.
HLGU's Charles Rapp took the loss while Anthony Jerrall earned the victory for Benedictine. Rapp pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits including a home run.
Culver-Stockton 1-11, Graceland 0-1
C-SC's Kim Myers and Whitney Birk each hit a pair of home runs to seal a Heart of America Athletic Conference sweep at Lamoni, Iowa.
Myers' solo home run in the top of the fourth inning off Samantha Stockford was the only run the Wildcats needed to win Game 1. Hannah Washburn earned her fifth win of the season, pitching shutout ball in seven innings. She struck out nine Yellow Jackets while allowing just four hits.
The C-SC bats came alive in Game 2. The Wildcats put up five runs in the top of the first, highlighted by Birk's three-run home run to left field.
The visitors added three more runs in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to end Game 2 after five innings.
Myers and Birk highlighted the three-run second inning for the Wildcats. Myers' two-run home run to left came after Rhea Hobson singled. Birk followed with a solo shot to center field three pitches later.
Sam Bolin picked up the win for C-SC in the nightcap. She allowed only one run on five hits in five innings. Kylie Perkins was hit with the loss for Graceland, giving up five runs after just 1/3 innings.
The Lady Trojans dropped their doubleheader against William Woods in a makeup game from March 15.
Shelby LeCuru hit a single with the bases loaded in the second that drove in all three runs. She scored after an error on the play, giving William Woods a 5-0 lead. It proved to be too much for HLGU, as it fell in Game 1.
In the nightcap, William Woods pitcher Becca Schemmer no-hit the Lady Trojans, as HLGU reached base only twice on a pair of errors.