WELLINGTON — Sophomore right-hander Jacob Moskowitz survived a shaky frame while going seven otherwise strong innings Tuesday, leading the Southwestern College baseball team to an 8-5 victory against arch-rival Friends in a nine-inning, single game at Hibbs-Hooten Field.
Moskowitz (2-1) allowed four hits and two walks in a three-run third inning, but scattered just one hit and three walks while striking out seven the rest of the way.
Down 3-0, Jared Kiessling stroked a two-out triple and scored on Donovan McMullen’s single to center in the bottom of the third.
The Falcons (14-9, 4-1 KCAC) added a run in the top of the fourth, but Southwestern answered in the bottom half when Jason Bray hit a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right-center field for his first home run of the season.
Bray tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run, two-out double.
Friends starter Eric Lindsay left after five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
The Builders (9-7, 3-1) greeted reliever Jacob Coogan (1-1) with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to spell the difference.
Owen Breithaupt singled, Ethan White was hit by a pitch and Angel Velez walked to load the bases with one out. Kiessling drove home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly and McMullen singled home White, with Velez streaking home when left fielder Ricky Hockett bobbled the ball.
Brandon Poche took over on the mound for Southwestern and surrendered Pryce Anderson’s second home run of the season leading off the top of the eighth.
The Builders took that run back in the bottom half on a single by White and RBI double by Velez.
Cody Treatch scattered two hits in the ninth, but escaped unscathed to nail down his second save of the season.
Southwestern outhit the Falcons 11-8 and played error-free ball.
The Builders travel to Nebraska this weekend for a three-game series at York. The teams play a single game Saturday and a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday.
Southwestern 8, Friends 5