Gorillas dominate Newman
Move to 13-13 on the season
| Dakota Smith reporter |
The Pittsburg State baseball team has been on a hot streak of late, winning eight of its last 10 games.
The most recent victory came on Tuesday, March 25, against the Newman Jets.
The Gorillas got the scoring started in the first with an RBI single from senior Evan Thomas. The Jets tied the score at one in the top of the third, but Pitt State quickly pulled back in front in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by Thomas.
Newman came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth, but once again the Gorillas scored in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Aaron Boucher gave PSU a two-RBI double.
The Jets scored again in the fifth, but were smashed by the Gorillas, who rounded the bases five more times. Junior Andrew Kreiling started the five-run streak with an RBI single. He was followed by a loaded walk, and senior Brad Foss drove in an RBI single. A groundout by junior Cody Ball had the Gorillas leaving the fifth inning with a score of 7-3.
A five-run streak repeat occurred again in the seventh inning.
Junior Derek Hackney scored on a wild pitch, and the Gorillas scored a run when junior Nathan Arnold was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. The big blow in the inning came from the bat of junior Ian Robinson, who hit a bases-clearing double to make the score 14-3.
The Gorillas loaded the bases again in the eighth, scoring two after a bat from junior Luke Bordewick. Pitt State won the game with a final score of 17-3.
Junior Cameron Fisher got the win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief.
Pitt State played a four-game series against Washburn on March 21-23.
In the first game on Friday, March 21, PSU came away with a 9-5 win. The game was 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Gorillas scored six runs to push its lead to 7.
The Ichabods attempted to fight back but came up short, scoring three runs in the ninth inning.
Ball led Pitt State with three RBIs. Senior Tyler Thompson got the win, pitching eight innings and allowing just two runs and striking out six.
On Saturday, March 22, the two teams faced each other in a doubleheader. The Gorillas struggled to get the bats going in the first game and lost 4-1. The only run came on an RBI groundout in the first by Ball. Nathan Arnold took the loss, pitching six innings and allowing four runs and striking out six.
Game two was a repeat of the same story for the Gorillas. Freshman Colt Lesmeister threw a complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits and struck out five. The Gorillas plated two in the second with an RBI triple by Kreiling and one in the sixth with an RBI single by senior Jacoby Martin.
The final game on Sunday, March 23, extended into extra innings with the Gorillas and Ichabods tied at four. Finally, in the 13th inning, the game was decided.
Brad Foss stepped up to the plate with runners on second and third and one out. Washburn decided to walk Foss, who was 3-5 on the day with three RBIs. On the final pitch of the intentional walk, the ball was passed to Washburn catcher David Gauntt, and Kreiling came in to score the game-winning run.
The Gorillas are now sitting at 13-13 overall and will travel to St. Charles, Mo., on March 28-30 for a four-game series against the Lions of Lindenwood.