Baseball loses five strait

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Gorilla baseball team’s most recent defeat came Tuesday, April 1, at home against the Lions of Missouri Southern. The Gorillas were unable to get anything going offensively with a final score of 3-0. Lion’s pitcher Skylar Hill pitched seven and two-thirds shutout innings to get the win.
Junior Jake Stevenson took the loss for the Gorillas, pitching four innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. The Lions added one more run in the eighth. Senior Brad Foss was the only Gorilla with a multihit game, going 2-4.
On March 28-30 the Gorillas went to St. Charles, Mo., to take on Lindenwood. The first game of the series on Friday, March 28, was a heartbreaker for the Gorillas. Pitt State trailed 3-0 after three innings, but responded in the fourth with three of its own. The Gorillas scored on the RBI singles by senior Evan Thomas and junior Nathan Arnold. The third run came on a bases-loaded walk. Foss had a sac fly in the fifth to give the Gorillas the lead. An RBI single in the sixth by senior Jacoby Martin and a solo home run in the eighth by junior Andrew Kreiling gave Pitt State a 6-3 lead. Lindenwood scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch the victory from the Gorillas.
The doubleheader on Saturday, March 29, did not go in favor of PSU.
In game one, the Gorillas trailed 5-1 after three innings. Junior Ian Robinson had a two-RBI double in the fourth to bring Pitt State within two. An RBI single by Foss and an RBI double by senior Cody Ball in the fifth evened the game at five. Lindenwood won it in the bottom of the seventh, which in doubleheaders is the final inning, to take the victory 6-5.
Game two did not get any better for PSU. The game was tied at two going into the bottom of the fifth. Lindenwood scored two in the fifth and went on to win by a final of 4-2.
The final game of the series was another one-run loss for the Gorillas. The Gorillas trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh in the nine-inning finale. Lindenwood extended its lead to 9-2 with five runs in the inning. Pitt State stormed back with six runs in the eighth to bring the score to 9-8, but could not find a way to win it in the ninth and was swept by Lindenwood.
PSU is currently 13-18 overall and 10-14 in MIAA play. The next game will be a four-game weekend series at home against Southwest Baptist on April 4-6.

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