Pittsburg State rearranged its weekend schedule because of the seemingly non-stop rain Pittsburg endured over a 24-hour period Friday and Saturday.
For example, the Saturday doubleheader was changed to a single nine-inning contest and pushed back to 7 p.m. from a 3 p.m. start.
Northwest Missouri, the hottest team in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with a seven-game winning streak entering the weekend, made sure it was worth the wait on a Ryan Abernathy leadoff home run to left center at Al Ortolani Field.
Pitt State, which entered the day 16-9 at home (.640 winning percentage), feasted on Northwest Missouri mistakes and that solo homer to leadoff the game was about the only highlight for the guests from Maryville for the first five innings.
Senior center fielder Ryan Ventura led off the first with a single to center. Tory Stoffregen placed a sacrifice bunt and reached on a throwing error by Northwest catcher Derek Meyer. Northwest literally threw away its lead, as Evan Thomas' bunt was fielded by pitcher Ryker Fox and Fox gave third baseman Eric Swain a bad throw as he tried throwing out lead runner Ventura. Ventura scored, Stoffregen moved to third and Thomas gave Pitt State two runners in scoring position.
Pitt State (25-20, 21-18 MIAA) went on to score three first-inning runs, as Ryan Bilovesky and Brad Foss each picked up RBI groundouts, en route to a 11-6 win over Northwest.
The Gorillas led 5-1 after two, as Ventura hit a RBI groundout and Bilovesky a RBI single, his second RBI of the game.
Pitt State took a 11-3 lead in the sixth on the strength of a two-run Luke Bordewick single, a Cody Ball RBI double, an Austin Lastimado RBI single and a Ventura RBI single. The Gorillas scored five runs in the sixth, taking advantage of two errors.
Bordewick, Bilovesky, Foss and Ventura each drove in two runs for the Gorillas. Ball and Lastimado added RBI. Bordewick led the 14-hit attack with three and Ventura, Ball, Martin and Lastimado added multi-hit games.
Northwest was plagued by seven errors, negating several extra-base hits. Abernathy fell a double shy of the cycle with his homer, single and triple summarizing a 3-for-3 night. Stephen Garber laced a pair of doubles and Eric McGlauflin and Charlie Krueger added doubles. Northwest seemed to have a tracking device honed in on the right field and left field lines, especially right as the Bearcats kept Bordewick occupied chasing down extra-base hits.
Pitt State plays a 1 p.m. doubleheader today against the Bearcats and will honor its 10 seniors (Ryan Bilovesky, Ryan Ventura, Nick Whetzell, Matt Stalcup, Brett Cares, Gonzolo Gonzalez, Cody Wren, Austin Lastimado, Eric Hansen and Jake Moore) between games.
The Gorillas are currently solid in the seventh spot with a 1 1/2 game edge on No. 8 Fort Hays State, two game edge on Nebraska-Kearney and three games on Southwest Baptist.
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Ryker Fox, Patrick Brady (4), Blane Reutter (6) and Derek Meyer, Luke Lawyer. Matt Stalcup, Jake Moore (7), James Fitzgearlds (7), Brett Cares (7), Ryan McKay (8) and Jacoby Martin. WP: Stalcup (6-3). LP: Fox (5-5). E: Fox 2, Brandon Huske 2, Derek Meyer, Charlie Krueger, Patrick Brady. 2B: Steven Garber 2, Eric McGlauflin, Krueger; Cody Ball. 3B: Ryan Abernathy. HR: Abernathy. SB: Luke Bordewick, Austin Lastimado. CS: Tyler Durant. SH: Lawyer; Ventura, Ryan Bilovesky. HBP: Abernathy; Martin, Bilovesky.