Gorillas split with ESU as Lindenwood looms
The Pittsburg State baseball team was hard at work Tuesday, April 16, playing in a double-header against the Emporia State Hornets.
The Gorillas split the two-game series against the Hornets at Al Ortolani Field with a winning score, 5-0, in game one while losing in game two, 2-9.
In game one, Pitt State scored off a failed pickoff attempt, giving Tory Stoffregen the go-ahead score.
Then things heated up in the bottom of the second for the Gorillas, as they scored four runs off of three hits. Luke Bordewick scored off a Ryan Ventura single before Tanner Carpenter, Austin Lastimado, and Ventura all ran home off a Stoffregen single.
The Gorillas used Brandecker’s season-best 10 strikeouts to help secure the victory in game one.
In game two, things didn’t go as well for the Gorillas, as they couldn’t hold off the Hornets and secured only three hits in the nine-inning contest.
ESU came out swinging in the top of the third, scoring four runs to help gain the lead after Pitt State went up, 2-1, early on.
In the top of the sixth, Emporia State scored two more runs off a Dalton Piecukonis double to left field. Piecukonis would himself score after Blake Sturgeon singled up the middle.
That helped earn the win, 2-9, and even things out in the double-header.
Next up for Pitt State is a road trip to St. Charles, Mo., where they face off against fellow MIAA conference opponent Lindenwood University.
The Gorillas will take part in a three-game stint against the Lindenwood Lions with a double-header starting things off at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, as well as a single game Sunday, April 21.