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March 1, 2013

NSU baseball splits with Pitt State

The Northeastern State baseball team split a doubleheader with Pittsburg State Thursday afternoon at Thomas C. Rousey Field.

The Gorillas (3-1, 1-1 MIAA) won the opening game 2-1, while the RiverHawks (6-4, 6-4 MIAA) took the second game 11-10.

Northeastern State has lost the first game in all four series this year, but the RiverHawks have come back to win all six games following the first game in the series.

 

Pitt State 2, NSU 1

Pittsburg State was able to stifle the usually-loud NSU bats in the opening game of the set. A two-run fourth inning would hold up as the Gorillas were able to fend off an NSU comeback.

Brad Foss opened the fourth with a single to right field, and he would later score the game’s first run following a throwing error from NSU junior third baseman Manny Marmol. Austin Lastimado added a second run following a sacrifice bunt that plated Luke Bordewick.

The RiverHawks got on the board in the home half of the frame when junior right fielder Cody Robinson drove home senior shortstop Kegan Knight with a single to left field.

Northeastern State loaded the bases with just one out, but Marmol struck out swinging and senior pinch hitter Gavin Johnson grounded out to shortstop to end the threat. Pittsburg State sat down nine of NSU’s next 10 batters to take the first game.

Robinson, Marmol and sophomore catcher David Weber recorded the home team’s only three hits. Foss was 2-for-3 for the Gorillas.

Sophomore Hayden Walch (0-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing both runs in 4.2 innings. He gave up four hits and struck out two.

Sophomore T.J. Foster threw the final 2.1 innings and did not give up a run. He allowed two hits and issued one walk, while striking out two.

Matt Stalcup (2-0) picked up the win after lasting 4.0 innings. He allowed one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking three. Ryan McKay picked up a hold and James Fitzgearlds recorded the save.

 

NSU 11, Pitt State 10

The RiverHawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings, but the Gorillas battled back and took the lead in the top of the eighth. NSU was able to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth and earn the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.

Weber was hit by a pitch to start off the third inning, and he was driven home by senior second baseman Chad Davidson. Robinson hit an RBI groundout to plate Davidson, and NSU held a 2-0 advantage after three frames.

Northeastern State loaded the bases with two outs in the home half of the fourth. A double to left field from junior left fielder Kyle Singleton cleared the bases, which kicked off a seven-run frame.

Robinson came up after sophomore first baseman Preston Cash was hit by a pitch, and he plated both Cash and Singleton with a double to left center. Robinson then switched places with senior designated hitter Jordan Dallalio after Dallalio doubled to center field. He later scored on an infield single by senior center fielder Greg Jackson.

The RiverHawks cruised through the next two innings, but Pittsburg State scored four in the seventh to begin its monumental comeback. The Gorillas came to the plate in the eighth inning down 9-4, but a six-run frame, capped by a go-ahead sacrifice fly by Evan Thomas, gave the visitors a 10-9 advantage.

Singleton manufactured a run to the tie game in the home half of the frame and Pittsburg State went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to set the stage for the walk-off NSU win.

Freshman shortstop Andrew Walker began the inning with a full-count walk, and he was sacrificed to second on a well-placed bunt from junior catcher Ryan Staggs. Senior pinch hitter Trent Wilkins grounded out to second base, allowing Walker to move 90 feet from home.

After Knight was issued a free pass, Singleton hit a blooper to the third baseman that was bobbled, allowing Walker to touch home and end the game for the RiverHawks.

NSU outhit the Gorillas 10-4, and four different members of the team recorded two hits.

Weber, Davidson and Singleton all scored twice, while Singleton and Robinson both drove home three.

Sophomore Kyle Shambaugh pitched a brilliant first five innings, as he left the game with a no-hitter intact. He struck out six and walked just one, but earned a no-decision.

Junior Addison Williams (2-0) threw the final 1.2 innings for NSU to pick up the victory. He allowed one unearned run on two hits.

Ryan McKay (0-1) walked Walker in the final inning and was tagged with the loss. Jake Stevenson got the start for Pittsburg State, but he lasted just 3.0 innings. The Gorillas used eight pitchers in the contest, and the RiverHawks went through six.

Northeastern State will now play host to the defending MIAA Champion and No. 8-ranked Central Missouri Mules. The series will start with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday and will conclude with a single game at noon Monday.

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