The Pitt State baseball team played three games against Winona State over the course of the weekend. The first game was on Friday, Feb. 7 and the team lost (2-3). Games two and three were on Saturday, Feb. 8 and the team won the first game (10-9) but lost the second (3-10).
Head coach Bob Fornelli admits that the team didn’t do as well as they had hoped to.
“Well, we definitely didn’t play as well as we would have liked to,” Fornelli said. “There were some good things that happened this weekend, but we’ve got a long way to go to be a really good baseball team.”
According to Fornelli, the team has to continue working on their pitching.
“… We got to get better at pitching,” Fornelli said. “If our pitching starts to be a little bit better, I think you’re gonna see a big difference in our team. (It’s) something we’ve been working on and we just (got to) keep grinding through it.”
In the first game against Winona, freshman Ryan Koval made one run. Koval and junior Colton Marion each had two hits and senior Greyson Pinkett had one. Pinkett added one RBI. Junior Dawson Pomeroy recorded a total of nine putouts, junior Mason Hartman had six, and Pinkett added five. Junior Austin Bonnel made five assists, Hartman made four, Pinkett made three, and Pomeroy added one.
In game two against Winona, junior Blain Ohlmeier made three runs and senior Reece Garvie added one. Ohlmeier had three hits and senior Tyler Pittman, Allen, and Garvie each added one apiece.
Ohlmeier and senior Clint Allen each had two RBIs apiece. Senior Ty Herrenbruck recorded a total of eight putouts, sophomore Quin Reasoner had three, and senior Tyson Cushman and Bonnel each added two. Reasoner, Cushman, and Bonnel each added three assists and Herrenbruck had one.
In game three against Winona, Herrenbruck, Ohlmeier, and Garvie each made one run apiece. Herrenbruck had two hits, and Ohlmeier, Pittman, and Garvie each had one apiece. Garvie added two RBIs. Pinkett recorded a total of 11 putouts, Herrenbruck had 10, and Pittman added two. Bonnel added a total of two assists.
Chandler Mauldin stood out to Fornelli over the weekend.
“Chandler Mauldin had a really good pitching performance for us,” Fornelli said. “He threw seven innings (and) only gave up two runs. (I am) really excited about what he’s bringing to us.”
Fornelli hopes to see the team continue improving.
“(I hope to see the team) just to come out and compete each and every inning and I think we’ll do that,” Fornelli said. “So, we’re looking forward to getting back out next week.”
The Gorilla’s next series is at home against Minnesota Crookston from Friday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 16. Game one is on Friday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Game two is against Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. and the third and final game of the weekend is on Sunday, Feb. 16 at noon.