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Hastings College
Friends University
Baseball - Sat, Feb. 4, 2017
Hastings (Neb.) (0-1)0001600007150
Friends (Kan.) (1-0)20303200010181
Wichita, KS Lawrence-Dumont
Hastings (Neb.)PitchingFriends (Kan.)
-Winner Dafoe, Alex
Kuta, AndrewLoser-
-Save Lain, Rob
Hastings (Neb.)Indv. StatsFriends (Kan.)
2 Players (#8,#16)Doubles 6 Players
NoneTriples #6 Zane, Cameron
#33 Christensen, LukeHome Runs None

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University Baseball team started the 2017 season with a comeback win, rallying for a 10-7 win over visting Hastings College inside historic Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Saturday afternoon. The victory was No. 400 for Falcon Head Coach Adam Neisius.

Friends (1-0) got on the board in the bottom of the 1st with a pair of runs on four hits. Augie Isaacson (SO/New Prague, Minn.) led off the inning with a double and Jace Snodgrass (SO/Derby, Kan.) followed with a single for the first run. After Snodgrass stole second, John Gardner (JR/Douglass, Kan.) doubled him home for the early 2-0 lead.

The Falcons added three more runs in the 3rd after the first two batters were retired. Troy Puga (FR/Pueblo, Colo.) singled, Cameron Zane (FR/Wichita, Kan.) double, Justin Fink (JR/Belmont, Calif.) singled, and Eric Baynton (SR/Palmdale, Calif.) finished off the inning with a double to put Friends up 5-0.

Hastings (0-1) scrapped together their first run in the top of the 4th, getting three singles. Falcon starter Ryan Baca (SR/Loveland, Colo.) would get out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout to short though.

The Broncos took the lead their next time up. Two doubles, two singles, and a two-run home run put a six-spot on the board and gave Hastings a 7-5 lead. Alex Dafoe (SO/Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) came out of the Friends bullpen and put an end to the damage with a strikeout. The Broncos would get just six more hits over the next nine innings, but fail to score another run, leaving the door open for a Friends comeback.

It didn't take long for the Falcons to burst through that door, as they plated three runs in the bottom of the 5th. Elijah Christenson (JR/Justin, Texas) started the inning with a single and Puga followed with a double, forcing a Hastings pitching change. Zane greeted the new pitcher with a triple to score two, and Baynton would get him home with a sacrifice fly for an 8-7 Falcon lead.

Friends would pad the lead with two more in the 6th as Snodgrass, Gardner, and Christenson all singled to begin the bottom of the frame. Zane's sacrifice fly would provide the final scoring in the 10-7 victory.

The Broncos had two runners on in both the 7th and 9th innings, but Friends was able to get rally-killing double plays both times.

The Falcon bullpen pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball to preserve the win, with Dafoe getting the victory. Rob Lain (SR/Pasadena, Calif.) picked up the save, working the 9th.

Isaacson and Christenson both had three hits, with five other Falcons getting two. Zane drove in a game-high three runs, and three players crossed the plate twice for Friends.

Neisius picked up his 400th career win in the first game of his 16th season. He spent nine years at Dakota Wesleyan before coming to Friends in 2010.

The two teams return to the stadium for a doubleheader on Sunday, February 5th, with first pitch scheduled for 12:00pm.