The Pitt State University baseball team played three home games this past weekend at the Al Ortolani Field against the Colorado State University-Pueblo Thunder Wolves from Saturday Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 10. Game one against CSU was Saturday, Feb. 9, and the Gorillas won 6-3. The second game was also Saturday, and the Gorillas won again 2-1. The third and final game of the three-series weekend was Sunday, Feb 10 and the Gorillas secured their third victory over the Thunder Wolves with a final score of 14-7.
Head coach Bob Fornelli believes the team had a good weekend and that the team played well throughout the weekend.
“I thought on Saturday we really played good baseball,” Fornelli said. “Both teams were really good (and) we were fortunate enough to win a couple games, so that was really good for us. Today’s (Sunday, Feb. 10) game we were not as good, but we found a way to… find enough runs to win a baseball game today, but I thought we played well for the most part all weekend. We just have to continue to get better each and every day.”
Seniors Alex Achtermann and Reece Garvie stood out to Fornelli during the games this past weekend, with Achtermann recording eight runs batted in (RBI) and two grand slams in the third game Sunday and Garvie recording two RBIs in game one, one RBI in game two, and two RBIs in game three.
“Alex Achtermann was really good,” Fornelli said. “He pitched Saturday. I think he struck out 11 and then today (Sunday, Feb. 10) he had two grand slams (and) he had eight RBIs. Probably the guy that won us the weekend, though, was Reece Garvie. He was our DH (designated hitter) and I could not tell you how many hits he had… Reece played really well.”
Fornelli hopes to see the team continue to improve while they prepare for their next matches against Winona State University.
“Well, hopefully we will get an opportunity to practice this week outside a little bit on Tuesday,” Fornelli said. “Then we got a big week after that; we play more this weekend with Winona State and then Upper Iowa and then we start (the) conference. So (we have a) big couple weeks coming up.”
The Pitt State baseball team is currently ranked 4-2.
The next baseball games from Friday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 17 will be held at Al Ortolani Field in Pittsburg, Kansas. All four games are against the Winona State Warriors. The first game is set to start on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. The team will then continue Saturday, Feb. 16. The first game on Saturday is set to start 12 p.m, and the second game will begin at 3 p.m. The last game against Winona State for the weekend will be on Sunday, Feb. 17. The game is set to start at 12 p.m.