Split conference opener

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Gorilla baseball team played a four-game weekend series against Fort Hays State from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23.
Pitt State’s first game did not go its way. The Gorillas started with a lead 3-1 after a three-run homer by senior Tory Stoffregen.
Those were the only pointss PSU would get in the game. Fort Hays put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth, taking the victory of 6-3.
Senior Tyler Thompson took the loss for the Gorillas, pitching five innings and two outs, allowing six earned runs on seven hits.
Next up, a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 22. Pitt trailed 2-0 after the first inning in game one.
Junior Andrew Kreiling was the first Gorilla to score a run with an RBI single. Stoffregen had two RBI triples and junior Derek Hackney added an RBI single, putting the Gorillas up at 4-2.
The gap widened when senior Kyle Dickens hit a three-run home run and Pitt State added another run in the fourth, taking the victory in the end with a final score of 8-7.
Game two of the double-header started well, with the Gorillas scoring twice in the first inning.
Stoffregen hit his second home-run of the series in the second inning to put the Gorillas up 3-0.
The Tigers tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, going on to take the win 6-5.
Looking to split the series with a win, Pitt State took to the field Sunday, Feb. 23, for the final game of the series.
The Gorillas put the first run on the board with an RBI groundout by Hackney. Dickens hit a solo home run in the second to widen the lead 2-0.
An RBI single from senior Evan Thomas in the third inning put the Gorillas up 3-1. Both teams scored one run in the sixth. Dickens hit his second home-run of the game, giving PSU the lead and final score of the game: 7-3.
Next up for Pitt State is a home double-header against Emporia State at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

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