Now 15-27, overall

Baseball loses five strait

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor |

The Pitts State baseball team has lost its last five games and now sits at 15-27 overall and 10-21 in MIAA play.
The Gorillas took on their rival Missouri Southern on April 15. Pitt State got off to a good start with an RBI single by junior Nathan Arnold. The Gorillas scored another run in the second on a ball by Missouri Southern pitcher Skylar Hill.
The game fell apart for the Gorillas in the sixth and seventh innings. The Lions scored three runs in each inning to take a 6-2 lead. Pitt State scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Arnold and senior Cody Ball. The Gorillas couldn’t score any runs in the ninth and took the loss by a final of 6-4.
The Gorillas traveled to St. Joseph, Mo., to take on the Griffons of Missouri Western in a four-game series April 11-12. The Gorillas got off to a good start in game one of the doubleheader on April 11. Senior Brad Foss had an RBI single in the first, and senior Jacoby Martin had two RBI singles to give the Gorillas an early 3-0 lead. The Griffons got one back in the bottom half of the first to make the game 3-1. Pitt State got one run in the third on an RBI groundout by Ball.
The Griffons evened the game in the bottom of the third and added two more in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead that would be the final.
In game two, the Griffons scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The Gorillas scored one in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Foss. The Griffons added one in the bottom half of the eighth and won the game by a final of 4-1.
In game one of the doubleheader on April 12, the Gorillas were held to just two hits and took the loss by a score of 1-0. Freshman Cort Lesmeister turned in a solid performance on the hill, pitching six and allowing just one run on six hits, but took the loss.
In game two, the Griffons jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and added one more in the seventh to take a 6-0 lead into the eighth. Junior Andrew Kreiling had a two-RBI single in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-2. Missouri Western answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the eighth to make their lead 8-2. The Gorillas got one in the ninth on an RBI single by sophomore Samuel Falcon, but the Gorillas took the loss by a final of 8-3.
The Gorillas will host the Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney on April 17-19 for their final home series of the year.

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