Erik Holth, Sports Information Director
QUINCY, Ill.– After sweeping a doubleheader yesterday, Central Baptist College took the field at Notre Dame High School today trying to finish off an American Midwest Conference series sweep of the Trojans of Hannibal-LaGrange. CBC (19-18, 12-9 AMC) finished the sweep, jumping on Hannibal (12-21, 5-18 AMC) early and winning 5-3.
Mark Rucker (JR/Hot Springs, Ark.) got the start in game three and pitched well. Baker Wilson (SR/Harrison, Ark.) hit the lone home run of the game after a Mustang barrage of eight in a doubleheader yesterday.
CBC opened the scoring in the second inning. Kelvin Volquez (JR/Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Jay French (SO/Magnolia, Ark.). Three batters later, Ryan Guyton(SR/Cordova, TN) was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Jamal Washington (SR/Blytheville, Ark.) followed with a two-run single to give CBC a 2-0 lead. The Mustangs extended the lead to 4-0 in the third when Harber led off the inning with a single and was brought home on Wilson’s two-run home run, his second of the series and seventh of the season.
The Trojans responded with a single run in the fourth to cut it to four one and then added two in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3 which closed the book on Rucker. Caleb Muns (FR/Benton, Ark.) relieved Rucker in the seventh and walked a man with two outs but kept the Trojans off the board. The Mustangs scored their final run of the contest in the eighth on a single by Volquez to make it 5-3. Gavin Johnson (JR/Little Rock, Ark.) relieved Muns in the eighth and gave up a pair of hits and nothing else and Austin Cree (SR/Texarkana, Texas) picked up the save in the ninth, setting down the Trojans in order.
Rucker went 6 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs with four strikeouts to earn the win. Muns, Johnson and Cree combined to go three innings and allowed just two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
The Mustangs stay on the road for their next game on Tuesday afternoon when they step out of AMC play to face the Bobcats of College of the Ozarks. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. and you can follow the action on Instagram and Twitter @gocbcmustangs and by liking Central Baptist College Athletics on Facebook.