Bruins sweep Central Christian, 6-1, 7-2

Nate Mullins went 4-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs on the day.
Nate Mullins went 4-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs on the day.

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
MCAC Standings

OMAHA, Neb. -- The 10th-ranked Bellevue University baseball team blasted four home runs in a doubleheader sweep over Central Christian College Friday afternoon at Westgate Field, winning 6-1 and 7-2. 

Bellevue improved to 31-6-1 on the season and 12-2 in the MCAC. Central Christian dropped to 13-30 overall and 3-15 in league action. 

The four-game series will conclude on Saturday (April 13) with 1 p.m. doubleheader at Westgate Field.

Game 1: Bellevue 6, Central Christian 1

Robert Greco tossed a complete-game five-hitter and Tanner Moore went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, three runs scored, and an RBI to pace the Bruins to the 6-1 win in the opener.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Brian Embery that drove in Nate Mullins who led off the inning with a double off the left field fence. 

Bellevue increased the lead to 2-0 in the third after Moore tripled to deep center field and came home on a CCC fielding error. 

Moore led off the fifth inning with a solo homer over the left center field fence to increase the advantage to 3-0.

The Tigers got on the board in the top of the sixth on a ground-out RBI by Devin Roberts to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Moore scored in the bottom of the seventh after registering a single up the middle, advancing to second on a walk, and scoring on a throwing error by Tiger shortstop Martin Guevara, to increase the margin to 4-1. 

Consecutive doubles by Andy Smolinski and Beau Dahmen gave BU a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth. A bases-loaded wild pitch made the final, 6-1.

Greco improved to 6-2 on the season, scattering five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in nine innings. 

Game 2: Bellevue 7, Central Christian 2

Mullins drove in five runs, including a pair of two-run homers to lead Bellevue to the 7-2 win in the nightcap. Ryan Knutz also collected a home run in the victory. 

An RBI double by Mullins gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Tigers tied it in the top of the second, when Stephen Boedeker scored from third on a wild pitch from Michael Calderon

The Bruins tallied four runs in the bottom of the third on a solo homer by Knutz, an RBI double by Moore and a two-run homer by Mullins, to push the lead to 5-1.

The Tigers got a run back in the top of the fourth, scoring on an RBI single to right field by Tyler Gniadek, to slice the BU lead to 5-2. 

Mullins belted his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run shot over the left center field fence to give BU a 7-2 lead. 

Calderon (4-1) got the complete-game win, allowing four hits and five walks, while striking out seven batters in seven innings.