Tigers drop series finale; Split weekend series with Pittsburg State
FHSU Sports Information
Fort Hays State fell in the final game of a four-game series with Pittsburg State at Larks Park by a score of 7-3 on Sunday (Feb. 23). The teams split the four-game series and both teams are now 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA.
The Tigers never surrendered a big inning to the Gorillas, but PSU put up single runs third, fourth, fifth before FHSU answered with its first run in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams tallied one run in the sixth, making it 4-2 in favor of PSU heading into the final three innings. Once again in the eighth, the teams put up one run each, keeping the spread at two, but the Gorillas had a two-run home run by Kyle Dickens in the ninth to seal the win. Dickens finished with two home runs in the game, tallying three RBI.
Gabe Cook scored the first run for FHSU in the fifth on a wild pitch, but the Tigers stranded two runners in the inning. A Horace Johnson double in the sixth led to a Kodie Fewin RBI single, but the Tigers once again left two aboard in the inning. Kevin Czarnecki provided the final run for FHSU in the eighth with a solo home run to lead off the inning, but the Tigers could not push across Cook who followed with a double.
Nathan Zimmerman took the loss on the mound for FHSU, going 4.1 innings. He surrendered three runs on five hits with three walks, while recording two strikeouts. Alex Cox pitched two innings and his only run allowed was unearned. He struck out one batter. Austin Zimmerman pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Cort Lesmeister was the winning pitcher for Pittsburg State, going 6.0 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Ryan McKay picked up the save for PSU, his first of the season.
Fort Hays State heads to Missouri Southern next weekend for another four-game MIAA series.