OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The 15th-ranked Johnson County Cavaliers baseball team improved to 14-2 on the season after taking all three games in the series with Minnesota West Community and Technical College March 7-8. Johnson County outscored Minnesota West 45-to-4 and outhit the Bluejays 35-to-14.
Freshman centerfielder Landen Wood had the big bat for the Cavaliers in his team's 15-2 win in the opening game. Wood was 4-for-4 with a double and two triples, a three runs scored and four driven in.
Sophomore right-handed ace Zachary Ebert improved to 4-0 on the season. He allowed two runs off five hits and struck out 11 in a five inning shortened game.
Johnson County followed with a 14-0 five inning shutout. Sophomore right-hander Dylan Bierman, freshman right-hander Paul Rector and sophomore left-hander A.J. Shaw combined for a one-hitter and five strikeouts. Bierman earned the victory pitching three no-hit innings to start the game. He also had four of the five strikeouts in the game.
Wood, Abeln and sophomore Anthony Amicangelo each had two hits. Wood had a single and a double, scored twice and drove in one run. Abeln had a single and home run scored three times and drove in two, and Amicangelo ripped two singles to drive in two runs.
Johnson County closed out the series with a 16-2 win over seven innings. Garrett Wood was 2-for-5, with two runs and two RBI. Amicangelo also collected two singles and an RBI, and freshman Jaxon Walls drove in two.
Freshman right-hander Trey Zeigenbein got the start and allowed just two runs off three hits with 10 strikeouts over four innings of work. The win improved his season mark to 4-0. Sophomore right-hander Sloan Thomsen and freshman right-hander Matt Olson pitched the final three scoreless innings.z