HAYS, Kan. – The Fort Hays State baseball team could not keep up with No. 7 Central Missouri Sunday (March 11), falling 11-6 in the series finale. The Tigers move to 9-11 on the year and 1-8 in MIAA play while the Mules are now 16-3 overall and 8-1 in conference contests.
The Tigers outhit UCM for the second time this weekend, 11-9, but the Mules took advantage of eight walks.
Freshman Dawson Sramek had his best outing so far this season at the dish, collecting three hits, including one double. Dayton Pomeroy drove in three of the six runs, including two on one swing of the bat in the form of his sixth home run of the season.
Central Missouri jumped in front with two runs in the first inning, but the Tigers quickly tied things up with two runs of their own. Alex Weiss punched a two-out single through the right side before Pomeroy crushed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left, placing him in a tie for third in the MIAA in homers this season.
The Mules tacked on four more runs over the next three innings, but Fort Hays State got all four back in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up once again, 6-6. The Tigers got things going at the plate, collecting five hits in the inning, all singles. Marcus Altman, Sramek and Addison Kaasch all singled to open the inning, loading the bases for Clayton Basgall. The shortstop kept the line moving with a single of his own, driving in one run. Weiss drove in the next run with a fielder’s choice before Pomeroy added his third RBI of the afternoon with a single to left. Weiss later tied things up when he came in to score on a wild pitch, allowing Pomeroy to advance to third with just one out. Central Missouri got out of the jam without falling behind, striking out the next two batters to escape with the score tied.
The Tigers allowed five runs over the next two innings, allowing UCM to begin to pull away. The Tigers had runners reach base in the sixth and seventh frames, but the Mule bullpen finished the final five innings with 10 strikeouts and only three hits.
Sam Capps made the start for the Tigers, striking out a pair while allowing six runs on six hits over four innings of work. Tanner Smith (1-3) took the loss after allowing four runs over 2.1 innings of relief. Cody Rottinghaus came on to finish things off on the rubber, striking out three and allowing just two baserunners over the final 2.2 innings.
The Tigers will hit the road for one midweek game before returning to Larks Park for MIAA play next weekend, taking on Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo. on Wednesday (March 14) at 4 p.m.