The Pitt State Club Baseball team played two consecutive non-conference home games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday, March 31 at Jaycee Ballpark. The club lost the first match against Nebraska (2-4) but they managed to battle back and win the second match (5-4).
Club Baseball president Drew Roy believes the team played well despite losing the first game.
“I think we had overall a good day,” Roy said. “Game one was a very tough game. (It was) scheduled to be a seven-inning game and we played 12 innings and were tied 2–2 up until the top of the 12th when Nebraska put two runs up. Jordan Miller threw a fantastic game. Maybe a mistake on our part, but he was determined to keep throwing. He threw 11 innings and only gave up one run in the top of the 12th… and then game two, we showed a lot of fight. We went down early and then tied the game in the sixth and ended up taking a lead in the sixth as well. We won that one 5-4.”
According to Roy, the team performed well defensively, did a good job of focusing on the game, and recovered well after some errors early on in the match.
“(The team did a good job of) just staying in the game,” Roy said. “It was a long day of baseball… We had a few errors early in the game one and Levi Kemp made four diving plays… (There were) definitely some very good plays on defense after some hiccups early.”
While the team did well defensively, Roy also noticed a few things that the team could improve on before their next matches including communicating with each other.
“(I noticed that we need to do a better job of) just making sure we make the routine plays and (our) communication but other than that, we are back on the right track for sure,” Roy said.
A few players stood out to Roy during the matches against Nebraska on Sunday.
“Dawson Fenix (stood out to me during the games),” Roy said. “He is a freshman (and he) had a 4-for-4 at the plate in game two and Peyton Brown had four hits…”
The Club Baseball schedule is unclear at this point as their upcoming opponent Central Arkansas forfeited the games scheduled for April 6 and April 7. They now have open spots that they are hoping to fill. If they do not manage to find an opponent for this upcoming weekend, the team’s next match will be against Central Arkansas on Saturday, April 13.
“We found out that Central Arkansas (is) forfeiting all three games of our upcoming conference series so we are looking to find an opponent for that weekend,” Roy said. “At this time, nobody has scheduled so that puts us at 7-4 in conference play and 10-8 overall. So, we will have to play the third game of the series against Arkansas on April 13…”