ESU baseball advances to MIAA championship game

Emporia State University
Emporia State University

Emporia State got their second straight complete game pitching effort of the day in a 12-1 run rule win over Central Oklahoma to advance to the MIAA Tournament Championship Game.  Jarrod Miller allowed one run on five hits while Justin Harris led the offense with three hits and three RBI.

The Bronchos scored a run in the second when the only walk that Miller allowed came around to score.  After the RBI single made it 1-0, he would face two over the minimum over the final 5.2 innings for the win.

Meanwhile the Hornets had base runners in every inning with multiple runners in five of the seven innings.  After leaving the bases loaded in the second and a runner on second in the third, Emporia State finally broke through with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Hornets got four runs, three of them unearned in the fifth inning for a 6-1 lead.  Dean Long and Toby Cornejo both scored when Aaron Gile reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and Jordan Hodges then delivered a two out, two RBI single.

Cornejo and Price Jacobs each had RBI in the sixth to make it 8-1 before the Hornets blew the game open in the seventh. Wade Hannah reached on an error to start the inning and walks to Hodges and Levi Parker loaded the bases for Harris.  He delivered a bases clearing triple to give Emporia State an 11-1 lead and scored on a passed ball to make it 12-1.

Miller retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, getting the final two by strikeout as the Hornets won by run rule and advanced to the MIAA Championship game for the first time since 2010.

Harris was three for five with three RBI and two runs scored while Long, Jacobs and Gile all scored two runs.  Miller had eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings allowing just one run on five hits with a walk.

The Hornets will play Missouri Western in the first of possibly two championship games beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. If Emporia State wins the first game they will force a second game that will follow approximately 30 minutes after the first one ends.

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