By GERARD WELLBROCK
Fort Hays State’s postseason hopes came to an end Friday as the Tigers were swept in a doubleheader at Missouri Western. The Griffons won 12-3 and 9-1 ending the Tigers chances at grabbing the eighth spot into next week’s MIAA tournament first-round. The Tigers are now 17-27 overall and 14-24 in the MIAA. They close out the season in a 1pm doubleheader in St. Joseph Saturday.
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The Griffons struck early in the first game, building a 10-0 lead after three innings. The Tigers scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth but MWSU answered with two in the bottom of the fifth for the final score. Jordan Miller had two hits and Kevin Czarnecki and Copper Langley both drove in a run.
Tyler Patty (2-6) lasted just 1.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and takes the loss.
The Griffons took advantage of a couple of Tiger throwing errors to score three unearned runs in the third and three more in the fourth in game two. They led 9-0 before Kevin Czarnecki’s leadoff homer in the ninth.
Starter Austin Unrein (3-3) gave up nine runs, three earned, on seven hits over 5.1 innings and takes the loss. Czarnecki and Casey Sedbrook both had two hits.