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  • PSU gets breaks, beats Washburn 12-3

  • Nearly everything went right for the Pittsburg State baseball team Saturday during a 12-3 win over the Washburn Ichabods.



    The Pitt State defense committed no errors over nine innings Saturday after five errors during a doubleheader Friday.

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  • Nearly everything went right for the Pittsburg State baseball team Saturday during a 12-3 win over the Washburn Ichabods.
    The Pitt State defense committed no errors over nine innings Saturday after five errors during a doubleheader Friday.
    Pitt State pitchers Cody Wren and Matt Reilly got out of bases loaded jams in the first and seventh innings, respectively, with no run damage.
    “No question,” Pitt State head coach Matt Murray said. “As we talk about with our program, it all starts on the mound. Cody Wren, he’s in a different role than what he’s been in the last year or two. He’s been in the bullpen and he paced himself today. Defensively, what an improvement. It was much better. We made the routine plays and I thought our communication was much better. We’d have liked that double play near the end of the game but I thought guys played with more awareness defensively.”
    The Pitt State offense capitalized on seven Ichabod errors with 12 runs on 10 hits and left fielder Tory Stoffregen rebounded from a bad second game Friday night with a 4-for-5, one home run and three RBI effort Saturday.
    Pitt State won two of three from Washburn and improve to 8-4, 6-4 MIAA. Washburn dropped to 3-7 overall and in the MIAA.
    Washburn second baseman Taylor Herrington led off the contest with a single and eventually the bases were loaded with Ichabods after designated hitter Riley Price singled and first baseman Brad Alberts walked.
    Needing two outs, Wren struck out catcher David Gauntt in three pitches and induced Dakota Kell into an infield popout. Damage averted.
    “I had to make a few adjustments and stay in the zone,” Baxter Springs native Wren said. “It’s always a big boost when you can get out of a big inning tough situation. It carries over into your offense.”
    Both teams left runners on third base in the bottom of the first and the top of the second, respectively, but the Gorillas struck first in the second with three runs on three hits and two Washburn errors.
    Brad Foss started the second with a single and later scored on a two-error play — throwing error by catcher Gauntt and fielding error on the errant throw by center fielder Parker Gibson.
    Tanner Carpenter doubled home Jacoby Martin and Carpenter scored on a wild pitch.
    During their next turn at the plate, the Gorillas went ahead 5-0 on another wild, crazy inning.
    With runners at first and second, designated hitter Ryan Bilovesky placed a sacrifice bunt. Routine play. However, pitcher A.J. Green made two errors — on his bobble of the bunt (fielding) and on his errant throw which scored Stoffregen (throwing). Thomas scored on a sacrifice fly by Ian Robinson, who also recorded a sacrifice bunt in the victory.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Gorillas applied pressure on the shaky Washburn defense all Saturday.
    “That’s what it is,” Murray said. “Gosh, it’s college baseball and we’ve got to learn what it means to pressure the opponent. We did today and executed the offense and fortunately, unlike yesterday when we didn’t do that, today we did and that was nice to see.”
    The floodgates rushed open for the Gorillas in the fourth. Stoffregen drove a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run shot, Foss singled home Thomas after he doubled (fresh off the Stoffregen homer), Bilovesky scored on a wild pitch and Jacoby Martin bashed the Gorillas into double-digits with a two-run single plating Foss and Robinson. Pitt State took a 11-1 lead.
    Stoffregen had the biggest day for the Gorillas offensively — four hits (three singles and his two-run homer), three RBI and two runs scored, plus defensively he made a nice catch of a Tyler Bailey liner to get the Gorillas out of the fourth inning with just one run allowed.
    In the second game Friday night, Stoffregen fanned three times against Washburn pitcher Drew Ridley in the Gorillas’ 5-1 loss.
    “That’s Tory and that’s baseball,” Murray said. “That’s being professional about it in terms of day-in, day-out same routine. I thought Tory did a wonderful job coming in and just going back to what he does, which is putting in good at-bats and good swings on good pitches. I was real excited for Tory and all of our offense.”
    Washburn had its opportunities but only managed three runs on 10 hits and left 11 runners behind, including three in the first and three in the seventh.
    “Hats off to our pitchers there,” Murray said. “That’s when I thought they competed really well in the zone and we were able to get either a strikeout or a ground ball double play-type situation. Once again, hats off to our pitchers.”
    Pitt State plays a Tuesday doubleheader at home with Drury.
     
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