The Pittsburg State Gorillas are reeling right now.
Six consecutive losses and second-year head coach Matt Murray serving out a four-game suspension (slated to return Sunday) for his ejection last Sunday against Lindenwood at the Lou Brock Sports Complex.
Even the old Ortolani Field magic has been missing the last two losses, Wednesday against Missouri Southern and Friday night against Southwest Baptist.
Southwest Baptist's Cory Borsh tossed a five-hit complete game and the Bearcats broke free with six runs in the seventh during a 9-1 series-opening victory.
Over the last two nine-inning home games, Pitt State managed only a single run and 11 hits over 18 innings against Missouri Southern pitchers Skylar Hill and Stephen Vaughn and Borsh.
Borsh was even more domineering than Southern's pair of Hill-Vaughn.
Borsh, a 6-foot-4 Omaha, Neb., native who joined Baptist after two seasons at McCook Community College, fanned 11 Gorillas on the evening, nearly doubling his season total from eight previous outings. His previous high was two strikeouts — against Minnesota State, Central Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri, Drury and Lindenwood.
Well, Borsh obliterated his previous high for strikeouts and he lowered his ERA to 3.76. His victory bumped him above .500 on the season, 3-2.
Pitt State snapped a 13-inning scoreless streak in the fourth.
Tory Stoffregen led off the frame with a walk — Borsh did walk four batters — and Kyle Dickens singled to move Stoffregen into scoring position. Galena High alum Jacoby Martin singled and scored Stoffregen to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The score remained the same for a couple more innings before the Bearcats busted it wide open.
In the six-run seventh, Baptist shortstop Ross Wolfe delivered the big hit, a three-run triple to left. The Bearcats scored their other runs in the frame on a catcher's interference, a bases-loaded walk and a Chance Wolfe infield single.
Each team stranded 10 runners but the Bearcats had more to strand.
Southwest Baptist entered the night on a five-game losing streak of its own.
Pitt State dropped to 13-19 overall and 10-15 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
The Gorillas currently stand 11th in the 14-team MIAA and their six-game skid is the third-worst losing streak in the conference, behind only Lincoln's unlucky 13 and Northeastern State's unlucky seven.
A stock market chart would have fun with the Gorillas: three-of-four losses to start the season, multiple splits, five straight losses, 8-2 on a 10-game homestead and six straight losses contribute to a 13-19 team.
Pitt State plays two seven-inning games Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and closes out its four-game set with a nine-inning contest at 1 p.m. Sunday.
BEARCATS 9, GORILLAS 1
SBU 001 100 610 — 9 11 1
PSU 000 100 000 — 1 5 1
Cory Borsh and Drew Miller. George Brandecker, Cameron Fisher (7), Aaron Snow (7), Matt Reilly (8), Blake Vail (8), Brent Burroughs (9) and Jacoby Martin. WP: Borsh (3-2). LP: Brandecker (0-5). E: Ross Wolfe; Martin. HR: Spencer Blacksher. 3B: Wolfe. 2B: Blacksher. SH: Christian Binger; Andrew Kreiling. SB: Landon Young. HBP: Miller, Chance Wolfe, Zach Snodgrass; Kyle Dickens. LOB: SBU 10, PSU 10. A: 105.