Baseball ends 9-game losing streak
| Dakota Smith reporter |
The Pittsburg State baseball team has snapped its nine-game losing streak with a victory against the University Missouri-St. Louis Tritons on April 9 at Al Ortolani Field.
In game one, the Gorillas trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when senior Cody Ball singled home a run to get the Gorillas on the board. Ball would score two batters later on a sac fly by senior Jacoby Martin.
Senior Kyle Dickens kept things going with a towering home run to left field, tying the game at three. Junior Luke Bordewick followed Dickens with a solo home run of his own to put the Gorillas up 4-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ball had a two-RBI single and Dickens had a two-RBI double to extend the Gorillas’ lead to 8-3.
The Tritons added a run in the sixth, but the Gorillas answered back with three of their own.
Junior Derek Hackney hit a sacrifice fly and Ball and junior Nathan Arnold both had RBI singles to push the Gorilla lead to 11-4 and the Gorillas would take the victory by that score.
In game two, Pitt State gave up one run in the top of the first, redeeming itself with RBI doubles by Arnold and senior Brad Foss in the bottom of the same inning.
The Tritons pulled ahead in the top of the third with four runs to make the score 5-2. The Gorillas answered back in the bottom half with RBI singles by Foss and Arnold to make the game 5-4.
Missouri-St. Louis led 6-4 going into the bottom half of the seventh. The Pitt State got an RBI double by junior Andrew Kreiling and a bases-loaded walk by Arnold to tie the game at six and send the game into extra innings.
After holding the Tritons scoreless, Dickens led the inning off with a double and then Bordewick hit a double to right-center field to give the Gorillas a 7-6 victory.
The Gorillas struggled against Southwest Baptist on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6. The Gorillas lost game one of the series on Friday by a final of 9-1.
In the doubleheader on Saturday, the Gorillas lost game one by a final of 12-1. Game two went into extra innings, and the Bearcats scored three runs in the top of the 11th and held the Gorillas scoreless to defeat Pitt State 8-5.
In the final game of the series, the Bearcats got a stellar performance in their 9-0 win from Cole Roark who had a complete game shutout and held the Gorillas to just three hits.
The Gorillas are currently 15-22 overall and 10-18 in MIAA play. Pitt State will travel to St. Joseph, Mo., for a four-game series against Missouri Western on April 11-12.