PITTSBURG — The new campaign didn’t start out well for the Pittsburg State baseball team, but the Gorillas were able to right the ship with a three-game, weekend sweep over Sioux Falls at home last weekend and will try to keep up the pace on Saturday, as they take on Minnesota Duluth at home.
Nothing appeared to be going the Gorillas’ way in the first four games on the road, but the home opener provided a spark in the offense, as more than 10 Gorillas crossed the plate in each win.
“We did score well,” PSU head coach Tom Myers said. “That was a byproduct of getting some really good at-bats, generating walks and wearing the opposing pitchers down. Even then, we left a lot of runners on and in scoring position. I felt like we should have and could have scored many more runs.”
While the Gorillas can’t complain about the hot start at the plate, they are still unsatisfied with their pitching.
“We would like to score 10 or more runs every game, but the reality is that we need to know how to win by getting great pitching and flawless defense,” Myers said. “That has to get better. Pitching and defense wins. I won’t be happy until we prove how good we can be at both. We are capable of scoring a lot of runs in any game, but without pitching and defense, we will be very average in the win/loss column.”
With a three-game set against the Bulldogs on deck, PSU will need to be sharp on the mound to keep the winning streak alive.
“We need to pitch, play defense and get great at-bats again,” Myers said. “That’s all typical stuff, but that wins games. UMD will be a very good team, capable of scoring in bunches. We need to limit the big innings on defense.”
The Gorillas have a long way to go, but there’s still a full baseball season to make the necessary corrections before thinking about the postseason.
“Winning is always better than losing,” Myers said. “I think we’ve done some nice things, but we still need to get more consistency out of everyone. We need to get more consistent to compete in the MIAA.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.