Dramatic Finish

baseball record 5-6

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Pittsburg State baseball team split a four-game series against Emporia State at home Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28.
The series began with a double-header on Thursday, going down to the wire.
Spencer Booe singled home a run in the second inning.
The Hornets evened the game up in the fifth and remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when junior Cody Ball stepped up to the plate. Ball drove the first pitch out of the park for a walk-off home run to give the Gorillas a 2-1 victory. Pitt State got a great pitching performance from senior Tyler Thompson, who pitched a complete game giving up just one run on four hits.
The second game of the double-header was not in favor for PSU. Emporia State scored three runs in the second inning, four runs in the third and three in the seventh, keeping the Gorillas at zero for a Hornet victory of 10-0.
A second double-header on Friday, Feb. 28, ended the same as the previous day. The Hornets claimed its second victory; however, the final score was much closer. In the first inning ESU took a 2-0 lead. The Gorillas scored one run in the second on a RBI groundout from junior Ian Robinson.
Emporia State extended its lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth. PSU answered with two runs of its own on a single by senior Evan Thomas. Senior Kyle Dickens evened the game up with a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Emporia State hit a solo home-run in the seventh and took the victory 6-5.
Game two was another nail biter. Emporia State led 3-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, when junior Derek Hackney drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Pitt State would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth with RBI singles by Dickens and Ball and the team scored a run on an error making the score 4-3. Emporia State pulled ahead in the seventh with three runs of their own. Pitt State scored on a balk in the seventh. Booe hit a single in the eighth to tie the game 6-6.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth senior Brad Foss came to the plate and did what Ball did the day before, hitting a walk-off home run to give the Gorillas the victory 7-6.
Pitt State’s game scheduled against Drury on March 5, has been canceled. The Gorillas will play a weekend four-game series against the Mules of Central Missouri on March 7-9.

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