Splittin’ hard

Gorillas come away with one in St. Louis

Tyler Smith | reporter

The Pitt State University baseball team finished its two-game stint on the road against the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons on Tuesday, April 9, in split fashion.
In the first game, Missouri-St. Louis came out hot: They scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.
The Tritons capitalized on a Tyler Bunge double to right-center field, which allowed Lucas Matecki to score. Bunge advanced to third, and Nolan Craig scored on a George Brandecker wild pitch during the next at-bat. _DSC9432
In the bottom of the sixth, Missouri-St. Louis’s Paul Richmond singled up the middle for an RBI, allowing Paul Moritz to score. That helped give the Tritons a lead, 0-3, which was ultimately the final score.
Pitt State out-hit the University of Missouri-St. Louis 6-3 in game one, but just didn’t have the efficiency to pull out the win.
In game two, the Gorillas flipped the script on the Tritons by scoring more runs on fewer hits.
The Gorillas found the opening they were looking for in the third inning after Tory Stoffregen was hit by a pitch.
With the bases already loaded when Stoffregen was hit, Ryan Ventura advanced to second, Austin Lastimado advanced to third and Cody Ball crossed the plate for the first run of the game.
The floodgates opened after that, as Evan Thomas hit one to left field, scoring Austin Lastimado. The Gorillas scored two more runs before the inning ended for the lead, 4-0.
In the top of the fifth, PSU earned three runs off three hits to come out with the victory, 7-2.
Eric Hansen gave up 10 hits but managed to get the win for the Gorillas, while Ryan Ventura went to 2-4. Jacoby Martin drove in two RBI’s as well.
Next up for the Gorillas is another road trip in Missouri, where they will face Lincoln in Jefferson City, Mo., this Saturday, April 13, in a three-game series.

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