Out three of four
Baseball 16-30 overall, 11-24 in conference
| Dakota Smith reporter |
The Pitt State baseball team took on Nebraska-Kearney in its final home series of the season Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19.
The opener of the series saw the Gorillas snap its 12-game losing streak.
The Lopers jumped ahead with an early lead 3-0. Pitt State got back in the game in the fifth inning on an RBI single by junior Spencer Booe and a sac fly by senior Jacoby Martin.
UNK extended its lead 4-2 in the sixth, but PSU stole the lead after its turn at bat with three runs added to the scoreboard. Juniors Derek Hackney and Nathan Arnold both hit RBI singles and senior Brad Foss had an RBI double.
In the ninth inning Nebraska-Kearney tied the game, sending it into extra innings. Foss hit a single through the right side to score Pitt State a run in the 10th, giving the Gorillas a 6-5 win.
On Friday the teams faced each other again in a doubleheader. In game one, the Lopers took a 5-0 lead up until the fourth inning when the Gorillas got an RBI triple from Booe and a sac fly from senior Mitch Streeter, making the score 5-2.
The Lopers added one more run in the sixth, but the Gorillas answered with an RBI single by Martin. Pitt State managed to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning but not one Gorilla made it home and PSU lost to UNK with a final score of 6-3.
In game two, Nebraska-Kearney and Pitt State both scored one run in first. However, the Lopers scored three more runs in the fifth, defeating the Gorillas by a score of 4-1.
The final game of the series came on Saturday and was the final home game of the season for Pitt State
The Gorillas were the first to light up the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Martin and a run scored on a fielder’s choice. Pitt State also got a solo home run from Foss in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Gorillas rounded the bases three times, but the Lopers ended tying the game in the seventh after a grand slam by Max Ayoub and an additional two runs, sending the game into extra innings.
At the top of the 11th, the Lopers left the bases loaded; the Gorillas did the same in the 12th. UNK broke through in the 13th taking the win with a final of 8-6.
Pitt State is now 16-30 overall and 11-24 in MIAA play.
The Gorillas will finish its regular season with a four-game series against Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo., on April 25-27.