A three-game drubbing of McPherson catapulted Ottawa University up the conference standings.
Ottawa swept its weekend series with the visiting Bulldogs, 10-0 and 10-5 on Saturday and 13-3 (33-8 combined run differential) on Sunday at OU’s Alumni Park. The wins give Ottawa a 4-5 record in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play (6-14 overall), boosting them from the bottom of the standings to the middle of the pack in a young season.
Several players had huge offensive outputs for the Braves. Leadoff man Trevor McClanahan, junior outfielder, went 8-14 at the plate through the series with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cole Boardman, senior designated hitter, was 6-11 with five runs scored and four driven in. Dalton Rankin, freshman second baseman, was 6-10 with five runs scored and four RBIs.
David Mead, Logan Wheelan and Boardman all earned wins on the mound in their respective games. Mead, senior, tossed an eight-inning shutout in Game 1, allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking two. He was named KCAC pitcher of the week on Monday. Wheelan went 3 2/3 innings in relief in Game 2. He allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three. Boardman pitched four innings as the starter of Game 3, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out one and walking one.
Ottawa hits the road this weekend for a three-game series in Wichita at Friends University. The first game is set for 4 p.m. Friday.