ATCHISON — The 2020 season could not have gotten off to a worse start for the Southwestern College baseball team.
The Moundbuilders were swept in a pair of weekend doubleheaders at Benedictine.
Southwestern lost Saturday’s opener 5-3 and dropped the nightcap 7-1.
The two teams returned to the field Sunday, where the Ravens took the opener 6-4 and won the nightcap 5-1.
Benedictine snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off of reliever Jason Bray (0-1) in Saturday’s opener.
Bray entered the game in relief of starter Tanner Olmstead, who was touched for three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.
The Builders (0-4) scored all three runs — unearned — in the top of the second off Benedictine starter Michael Kruse, who went six innings, giving up five hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.
Jacob Curry retired all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh to nail down a save.
Southwestern managed just two hits off of three pitchers in Saturday’s nightcap.
Jacob Slaten started for the Ravens and went five innings, giving up both hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. The Builders struck out three more times against relievers Isaac Rudolph and Ben Hankammer.
Game 2 starter Jacob Moskowitz (0-1) was touched for five earned runs on six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts in four innings before giving way to Jacob Woodburn, who gave up a two-run home run to Michael Slaten in the sixth. Woodburn struck out two and did not walk a batter in two innings of work.
Daryl Myers launched a three-run home run off of Moskowitz as part of Benedictine’s four-run third inning.
The Ravens used two walks, two hit batsmen, and error and a two-run double by Brandon Van Beceleare in a four-run first inning in Sunday’s opener.
Southwestern starter Austin Jentzsch (0-1) went three innings and walked four, with one strikeout. Jacob Crabtree, Brandon Poche and Dylan Navarrette combined to limit Benedictine to two runs and five hits through the final three innings.
The Builders outhit Benedictine 9-8, but Sterling Spurling’s two-run, fourth-inning double was the only extra-base hit.
Spurling finished 2 for 4 and Ethan White was 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Builders.
Spurling’s RBI double in the top of the seventh inning spoiled a shutout by Benedictine pitcher Matthew Gephardt, who scattered six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.
Southwestern starter Wyatt Anderson (0-1) couldn’t escape the third inning, getting touched for five runs, four earned, on eight hits, with one strikeout.
Former Arkansas City High School standout Mikeal Segree, Lance Christenberry and Cody Treatch combined to toss one-shit shutout ball through the final 3 1/3 innings.
Spurling went 2 for 4 with an RBI and combined to go 6 for 15 with four RBI in the four-game series. Angel Velez was 2 for 2 in the nightcap.
The Ravens (4-3) who were outscored 33-11 and swept in a three-game series at Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark., to open the season,
Southwestern’s twinbill today was postponed due to weather.
The Builders open a three-game series against Dakota State with a noon doubleheader Saturday at the Broadway Sports Complex.
The series wraps with a single game at noon Sunday.
Benedictine 5, Southwestern 3 — Game 1
Benedictine 7, Southwestern 1 — Game 2
Benedictine 6, Southwestern 4 — Game 1
Benedictine 5, Southwestern 1 — Game 2