The Warriors missed a second straight Great Rivers Athletic Conference baseball sweep by an eyelash on Saturday. A line drive off the bat of Jarier Estrada snared by the Olney Central shortstop with the tying run on second base saved a 2-1 win for the Blue Knights and a split of a doubleheader at WVC (19-8, 6-2).
It kept WVC from a second straight league series sweep after opening with a 10-1 win in Olney on Friday.
After the Knights scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to take a 2-0 lead, freshman pinch hitter Nick Barrientos got the Warriors started by reaching second on a two-strike groundball overthrow. Tim Barry then doubled home Barrientos to make it 2-1.
The loss spoiled another quality start from Spencer Sapp, who went 5.2 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out eight batters. He set down 15 of the first 16 batters to face him, until Olney scratched a run across in the sixth on a sacrifice bunt aided by a double.
In the opener, Spencer Drake took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and finished his eight innings of work allowing just two hits in the Warriors 5-0 win. Drake, who is headed to Cincinnati in the fall, improved to 4-0 on the year. He fanned seven batters.
Left fielder Harold Diaz had three hits, including an RBI hit in the bottom of the sixth to put WVC ahead, 1-0. Edgar Figueroa wound up 2-for-4 on the game.
Friday, the series opened in Olney with a single game. Clay Wallace threw eight strong innings to get the win in a 10-1 Warrior victory.
Wabash scored three times in the fifth and sixth to open up a 1-1 game.
The Warriors host Vincennes on Wednesday.