Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State Hornets hit three home runs and got out to an early lead to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 12-8, Sunday afternoon in Kansas. The Hornets (19-14, 10-10) led 3-0 after one inning and tallied five more runs in the third inning to tie the tie series at one. UNK (18-15, 11-8) try tried to tally, thanks to 11 hits, but stranded 16 runners on base.
The series finale is set for Monday at 1 p.m. ESU tallied three in the first and five more in the third to take control. The Hornets hung on as UNK tallied three in the seventh and one more in the eighth inning. The first three Hornets in the order went a combined 11 for 14 with six RBI’s and seven runs scored to power the offense. UNK countered with homers from senior second baseman Scott Platt (Longmont, Colo.) and junior outfielders Alex Achtermann (Denver) and Brett Young (Lodi, Calif.). Emporia saw senior reliever Layne Downing allow no earned runs over the final two innings to pick up the save. Starter Tanner Cairns earned the win by giving up six earned in six full innings with six K’s and four walks. In a losing effort, Achtermann went 4 for 4 with three runs and three RBI’s with junior left fielder Brandon Hernandez (San Diego, Calif.) going 3 for 4 with two runs an a RBI.