Corban Williams hit one of the most dramatic home runs in Truman Baseball history breaking up a no-hitter with two-outs in the top of the seventh to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory in the nightcap and a GLVC doubleheader split with the Quincy (Ill.) Hawks on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks took game one by a 3-1 score and were an out away from getting the sweep before Williams came up to pinch hit with two outs in the top of the seventh.
On the first pitch he saw, Williams hit his first collegiate home run over the right field wall and Cody Gardner finished up his impressive outing with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to get the win.
Gardner allowed just two hits in his first collegiate complete game. Pitching ruled the day as Quincy held Truman to a .102 batting average for the doubleheader and the Bulldog hurlers of Gardner, Austin Olendorff and Tyler McCreary limited the Hawks to a .184 team batting average. Game 1 Recap: Mark Niebrugge stymied the Bulldogs allowing just three hits over eight innings as the Hawks dealt Truman a 3-1 loss in the opener. The Bulldogs got their lone run in the top of the ninth but left the bases loaded after an error, a walked and a hit by pitch. Will Nader grounded out to second to end the game. Truman stranded eight for the game including a pair in the second and fourth innings.
Paul Trenhaile, Jarod Hahn, Wyatt Fones and Kyle Smith had the four singles for Truman. The Hawks got on the board in the fourth when Larry Sartin singled in Dominic Miles with two outs.
Kenny May led off the fifth with a double and would later score on a hit from Mitchell Broughton.
Quincy added an unearned insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Miles. Austin Olendorff was the hard-luck loser for the Bulldogs, going six innings and allowing five hits, he walked four but struck out seven to fall to 0-1. Game 2 Recap:
Corban Williams' first collegiate home run lifted the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.
It was the first hit of the game for Truman and came with two outs in Truman's final at bat. Graham Spraker had struck out four Bulldogs through the first six innings but his fifth walk of the day to Jarod Hahn proved costly.
Hahn was sacrificed into scoring position for the first out and Dave Gambino popped out to third on a 3-2 pitch.
Williams came off the bench where he had been the last four games with an injury and took the first pitch he saw from Spraker over the wall down the right field line to give Truman their first lead in the doubleheader. Cody Gardner was equally impressive for the Bulldogs allowing an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Gardner allowed a hit in the fourth and one in the fifth then closed the door the rest of the way, including a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to notch his second win of the year.
It was his first collegiate complete game and first shutout.
He walked one, struck out none and threw 70 pitches during the one hour and 30 minute game.
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