The baseball team won four consecutive matches this past weekend. They played a series against Northeastern State from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 and won all three games (11-6, 5-4, 9-7). They also played Northwest Missouri on Tuesday, April 9 and won that game as well (3-2).
Head Coach Bob Fornelli believes the team played well over the weekend and on Tuesday.
“It was the first time we won four in a while,” Fornelli said. “We won four in a row so (I was) excited about the way we were playing. I thought over the weekend we really battled (and) it gave us an opportunity to win. Yesterday (Tuesday, April 9) we did not hit but found a way to win. So (I was) excited about how we played the last four games.”
Fornelli believes the team played well and battled back.
“I would just say how they fought back,” Fornelli said. “We got behind in two out of the last four games and instead of backing off they kept fighting and found ways to win baseball games.”
In the first match against Northeastern State, junior Clint Allen had three hits, senior John Oliver and junior Greyson Pinkett each had two, and senior Jake Durossette had one. Oliver had a total of five RBIs. Pinkett had a total of 10 assists, Durossette had three, junior Tyson Cushman had two, and Oliver had one. Cushman added four assists, Durossette had and Oliver each had two apiece, and Pinkett added one.
In the third match against Northeastern State, Pinkett had three hits and Cushman, Oliver, and freshman Quin Reasoner all had two apiece. Pinkett had three RBIs and Cushman and Oliver each added two apiece. Pinkett compiled a total of 13 putouts, junior Ty Herrenbruck had eight, and Reasoner had two. Oliver added five assists and Pinkett and Reasoner each added one.
According to Fornelli, the team’s offense needs to be improved before their next match, but they did well in other aspects of the game during these last four games.
“Just keep grinding again is what it is going to be,” Fornelli said. “Be better offensively but we did some good things these last four games.”
Several players stood out to Fornelli during the matches.
“Greyson Pinkett had a great weekend,” Fornelli said. “I couldn’t tell you all his stats, but he was our best offensive player. I think John Oliver is really coming into his own as a hitter for us. (He is) doing a great job at third base. Tanner Lane got three saves out of those games. We would not be anywhere without Tanner.”
Fornelli hopes to see the team work hard and play hard in their upcoming matches.
“We have a big weekend with Emporia State at Emporia State, so we just need to keep the momentum and keep playing hard and see what happens,” Fornelli said.
The baseball team has an upcoming series against Emporia State from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14 in Emporia. After that, they will head to Springdale, Arkansas on Tuesday, April 16.