ST. CHARLES, Mo. — In every game of their four-game Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association series against Lindenwood, the Pittsburg State Gorillas fell behind in all four at the Lou Brock Sports Complex.
In the closing game Sunday afternoon, Pitt State trailed 4-0 and 9-2 before a six-run eighth inning rally ended the game 9-8. In the process, the Lions achieved the sweep and dropped the Gorillas to 13-17 overall, 10-14 MIAA and 3-13 away from Al Ortolani Field.
Three errors cost Pitt State and Lindenwood took advantage of its opportunities with five unearned runs.
Pitt State freshman Matt Standlee, a Frontenac High graduate, made his second collegiate start and he ended with his first loss, since he left with Lindenwood ahead 2-0. Standlee walked four, struck out and surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits.
George Brandecker gave up six of the nine runs during his time, although only three were charged to him. Brandecker made one of the three Pitt State errors.
The Gorillas made their charge in the eighth against Lindenwood reliever Dylan Terrell.
Aaron Boucher led off the frame with a walk. Brad Foss singled. Cody Ball walked to load the bases with Gorillas. Designated hitter Evan Thomas was hit-by-pitch, Boucher scoring the Gorillas' third run. Kyle Dickens and Luke Bordewick connected on back-to-back RBI singles, Pitt State down 9-5.
Jacoby Martin lined out for the first out of the inning.
With the bases still loaded, Andrew Kreiling was hit-by-pitch, scoring Thomas, who picked up a RBI on a hit-by-pitch.
Derek Hackney flew out to right field for the second out but drew the Gorillas to 9-7 with his sacrifice fly.
Batting around, Boucher singled to score Bordewick and the Gorillas went for the tie but Lindenwood threw out Kreiling for the final out.
Unlike last Sunday against Washburn, Pitt State could not rally for the win.
In seven all-time meetings, Lindenwood owns a 7-0 edge on Pitt State. All seven games have been played in St. Charles, Mo.
Lindenwood's four-game sweep of Pitt State moved the Lions into fourth in the MIAA standings — Central Missouri, behind a eight-game winning streak, sits at the top of the MIAA at 19-5, ahead of Central Oklahoma by two games.
Meanwhile, the Gorillas dropped to 12th in the 14-team MIAA.
Pitt State plays its next six games at home — Missouri Southern on Tuesday, a four-game series against Southwest Baptist and Missouri-St. Louis next Wednesday. The Gorillas own a 10-4 home record.
LIONS 9, GORILLAS 8
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LWU020 002 50X — 9 12 0
Matt Standlee, George Brandecker (6), Cameron Fisher (7), Dustin Ulrich (7) and Jacoby Martin. Geoff Hartlieb, Matt Meier (7), Dylan Terrell (7), Devin Breihan (8), Wade Rothermich (9) and Mike Wilson. WP: Hartlieb (1-3). LP: Standlee (1-1). SV: Rothermich (1). E: Derek Hackney, Cody Ball, Brandecker. 2B: Brad Foss. SF: Hackney; Wilson. SB: Andrew Kreiling; Nathan Prindle, Ryan Light, Rothermich. CS: Prindle, Marshall Vallandingham. HBP: Foss, Evan Thomas, Kreiling. A: 105.