Gorillas sweep Mules
Trent Johnson | sports reporter
The Pittsburg State baseball team completed a two-game sweep against the University of Central Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon at Simmons Field in Edmond.
The Gorillas took game one of the double-header, 11-7, although they trailed, 3-0, after two innings of play. The Gorillas scored two runs in the top of the third inning on a Tory Stoffregen double.
The Bronchos answered with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, extending their lead, 5-2.
Pittsburg State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and followed up with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Gorillas’ first lead of the game was quickly erased by a solo homerun off the bat of UCO right fielder, Jared Wright. The sixth inning was uniquely scoreless, as the seventh inning proved to make the difference in the game. The Gorillas plated four runs on two hits, thanks to a UCO error, and took the lead, 11-7.
James Fitzgerald pitched the seventh inning for Pittsburg State, and closed the door on the Bronchos in game one. George Brandecker (2-1) notched the win for the Gorillas. Stoffregen paced the Gorillas offensively, going 3-3 at the plate and batting in three runs.
Pittsburg State rode the momentum of the comeback win in game one to take the second game of the double header with ease.
Gorilla starting pitcher Matt Stalcup made it easy on the offense in the latter game of the double header. Stalcup (3-2) threw a complete game, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out 15 Bronchos with only one walk.
The 15 strikeouts broke PSU’s record for strikeouts in a game that was set in April 1992 by Travis Shaffer. Although the offense didn’t need a great output to secure the win, the bats were nearly as impressive as Stalcup’s performance. Pittsburg State pounded out 14 hits and put up 15 runs.
The Gorillas’ record stands at 14-10 overall, 11-9 in the MIAA. The Gorillas are back in action at home on Friday, March 29, against Truman State.