By MAT MIKESELL
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Missouri S&T needed to make a late-inning rally in the second game of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference against Quincy University.
With Reed Brown on first and Tyler Bodenstab at bat with one out, a rally seemed to be brewing. On the first pitch from Cody King, Bodenstab lined out to first baseman Matt Marek, who casually stepped on first base to double off Brown.
That seemed to be the theme for the Miners as QU swept the doubleheader 2-1, 4-1 QU-Stadium.
"That's big for a pitcher," King said. "If that goes through, it's maybe a run or at least two on with only one out. It changes the whole inning and keeps our pitch count down."
The Hawks' starting pitching was effective against the Missouri S&T hitters in both games. King and Game 1 starter Jake Peterson didn't dominate hitters with big strikeout numbers, but only allowed eight combined hits. They got stronger late in the games as they allowed just two hits after the fourth inning.
If the Miners (12-17, 7-9 GLVC) did get on base, a strikeout or a ground ball ended the inning.
"We try to create contact in three pitches or less," QU coach Josh Rabe said "We've fielded well all year and we did that today."
Rabe earned his 100th career win as coach with QU's Game 2 win.
QU (10-15, 7-8) had to take advantage of its scoring opportunities with the pitchers in control.
In Game 1, the Hawks took an early lead. Kory Wisdom drew a one-out walk in the first inning. Mitchell Broughton singled to left that moved Wisdom to third base. Marek brought home Wisdom on the next pitch with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Missouri S&T responded in the second inning with an RBI single by Bodenstab that scored Trevor Karbowski.
The score remained tied until Matt Buck stepped in with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
After taking a curveball outside for a ball on the first pitch, Buck sat on a fastball and crushed it over the left field wall to give QU a 2-1 lead.
"I kind of had an idea it was coming," Buck said. "I figured he was going to try and challenge me so I just put a good swing on it and it carried out."
Buck's solo shot proved to be the winning run in the first game.
In the nightcap, Missouri S&T jumped on the board in the first inning. Brown was hit on the first pitch of the game. He moved to second on a fielder's choice by Bodenstab. Michael Lockett hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field that advanced Brown to third. Lance Portwood singled up the middle to score Brown.
The Miners' offense stalled after the first inning as they went down in order four times after the opening inning.
Dominic Miles scored to tie the game in the second inning on an RBI double by Buck.
QU scored two in the third inning to take the lead for good. Kenny May led off with a single up the middle. Wisdom hit a double down the left field line and May was able to score on poor throw by the left fielder. Broughton followed with another double that scored Wisdom and give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
May added an insurance run in the fifth inning to extend the lead to three.
The doubleheader sweep gives QU a needed boost in confidence after losing five of its previous six games.
"We've been struggling lately," King said. "I think we're on the right track. We need all the wins we can get."