The Pitt State baseball team played three matches against Washburn, two Friday, March 1. and one Saturday, March 2. The Gorillas split the matches on Friday, winning the first game (12-3) but losing the second game (0-7). The team lost the game on Saturday (2-4).
Head coach Bob Fornelli believes the team did not play well against Washburn this past weekend, but that they can come back from the losses.
“Well, we did not play very well,” Fornelli said. “We did not hit very well this weekend. We were fortunate to win the first game. The last two games we just did not swing the bats well enough to have a chance to win. So, we have to figure out how to hit a little bit better and once we do that I think we will be okay.”
According to Fornelli, it was not a good weekend for the team.
“We pitched okay,” Fornelli said. “It was just a rough weekend for us offensively… didn’t really give us a chance to be successful this weekend.”
In the first game against Washburn on Friday, senior Caleb Cox and junior Chaz Burgess each scored two runs and senior Alex Achtermann scored one. Achtermann, Cox, and Burgess all had two hits and junior Clint Allen had one. Allen and Burgess had three RBIs apiece, Cox had two, and Achtermann had one. Ty Herrenbruck had 11 putouts and Cox had eight. Senior John Oliver made five assists, senior Brad Kinsey made four, and Herrenbruck and Cox each made one.
In the second game against Washburn on Friday, sophomore Marc Gonzalez and Oliver each had one hit. Junior Greyson Pinkett and Herrenbruck each had six putouts and junior Tyson Cushman had three. Oliver made four assists, Cushman made three, and Pinkett made one.
In the game against Washburn on Saturday, Cox and Achtermann each scored two runs. Cox, Achtermann, Herrenbruck, and Burgess all had one hit. Burgess had one RBI. Cox had 11 putouts, Herrenbruck had five, Burgess had 3, and Oliver had one. Cox, Burgess, and Oliver all made one assist.
Kinsey stood out to Fornelli over the three games this past weekend.
“Brad Kinsey had another good outing,” Fornelli said. “I think he is three and (zero) now… so he is having a really good year for us.”
Fornelli hopes to see the team work hard and continue to improve throughout practice before their next games.
“We have to get the bats going so we are going to work hard on that and next time out hopefully we better,” Fornelli said.
The baseball team has three upcoming games. On Friday, March 8, they will travel to St. Charles, Missouri to compete with the Lindenwood Lions. The match is set to start at 6 p.m. The next game is Saturday, March 9 against Lindenwood and is set to begin at 3 p.m. The third and final match for the weekend is again against Lindenwood and is set to start at 1 p.m.
The team is currently ranked 8-7 and 3-3 in MIAA play.