Gorillas get ripped in Lions’ den
Fall 9-3 and 6-1
Jake Faber Sports Editor & Michael Admire Sports Writer
After winning three straight games and bringing their record to .500 just a few weeks ago, the Gorillas baseball team stumbled on Tuesday night, falling 9-3 and 6-1 in a double header against Missouri Southern.
The losses moved the Gorillas into a tie for 10th place in the conference, with Southwest Baptist being the only team to trail them, with a 5-21 MIAA record.
Southern, which currently sits two spots above Pitt State in the MIAA with a 12-16 record, didn’t have any trouble getting hits off of the Gorillas’ pitchers.
Junior transfer Caleb Gress took the mound for the Gorillas in game one, and gave up eight earned runs on 14 hits, lasting only 4.2 innings before head coach Steve Bever brought Matt Garcia in from the bullpen to do some relief work. Garcia, who has been used primarily as a first baseman this season, went one inning and gave up two hits and zero runs.
Pitt State’s offense was equally ineffective when it came to the scoreboard, being unable to break into the box score until the sixth inning, when Ryan Bilovesky belted a 3-run homer into right-center field. Other than the Gorillas’ three hits in the sixth inning, they were only able to finish the game with a total of four hits, and six walks off of the Lions’ junior Cody Griebling.
The Gorilla bats weren’t as quiet in the nightcap, and they were able to keep up with Missouri Southern in the hit category with both teams finishing the night with seven. But unlike the Lions, the Gorillas weren’t able to capitalize on their base knocks, only getting one run across the place before getting throttled 6-1 and being swept on the road.
Pitt State’s Tyler Link worked seven innings on the mound, allowing seven hits and six runs, only four of them earned.
Taylor Sibala stepped up to lead the team with three hits after being held to no hits in game one. The Gorillas also received a contribution from freshmen Evan Thomas, who added two hits of his own after getting the start in center field. The Gorillas will have a chance to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Northwest Missouri State for a four-game series against the Bearcats. The first pitch of game one is tentatively set for 2 p.m.