Hardball with Hays
Gorillas bounce back, win finale 17-11
Tyler Smith Sports Writer
The Pitt State baseball team earned a 17-11 victory over Fort Hays State to close out its four-game home series Sunday, April 3.
Brian Dean drove in six runs at Al Ortolani Field to help the Gorillas earn the win, and on his 22nd birthday no less. Dean also hit an RBI groundout in the first inning, a two-run single in the second, and drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. Dean also doubled and scored in the fifth before slamming out a two-run homer in the eighth.
“Overall, I am pretty proud of my offensive performance on Sunday,” Dean said. “The fact that it was my birthday, we got a win, and that my mother was in town to see it happen made things all the more enjoyable.”
During the match, winds reached 30 to 40 mph out to left-center field and the Gorillas had 14 hits along with a little help from the Tigers, who gave PSU eight bases off balls.
Pitt State scored two runs in the first inning, six more in the second and three more runs in the third to gain an early 11-5 lead.
Scott Brady pitched seven innings for the Gorillas and allowed 15 hits with just three earned runs. Fort Hays State also benefited from a few Pitt State errors to garner five unearned runs.
Tthe Gorillas needed three games out of the four to pass, falling 4-2, 12-8 and 9-4 before they could manage to pull off the big win in the series finale.
With the season kicking into full gear, Dean believes that his team has the right tools to beat any conference opponent in the MIAA.
“This year’s team, more so than any other team that I have been on while here at Pitt, has the offensive ability to overwhelm any other team in this conference,” Dean said. “If we are going to make a run at the post season, as a team, we are going to have to start playing well in all facets of the game at the same time.”
The Gorillas next matchup is against Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo. The Gorillas will return April 22-23 for a four-game home stand against Truman State.