FORT SMITH, Ark. — Pittsburg State baseball left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning on the way to a 4-2 loss to Henderson State on Friday.
The Gorillas (0-2) went into their last a-bat trailing by two runs before back-to-back singles to start the last of the ninth put PSU in business. Pitt State loaded the bases on a walk two batters later, but failed to push home any runs after a pair of ground balls to third base turned into outs to preserve HSU’s win.
Pitt State scored two runs on nine hits, while Henderson State scored four times on seven hits.
Brett Macary led the Gorillas at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Hunter Clanin went 2 for 4 at the dish, while Andrew Vogelbaugh, T.J. Martin, Ethan Schlesener and Chase Kilgore all had one hit on the day.
Martin had one RBI, with Dallas Reed and Schlesener accounting for both PSU runs scored.
HSU’s Parker Jones had two hits and two RBIs, while Joe Myers finished the day going 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
Nick Brown took the loss in the start for the Gorillas, throwing 5.0 innings of two-run ball. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six.
Tyler Quick allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings of work.
Cort Lesmeister (1.1), Blaine Fisher (0.2) and Ty Rowe (0.2) finished out the game without allowing a run collectively.
Luke Tebbetts earned the win for the Reddies, throwing 7.0 innings and giving up one run on five hits and two strikeouts.
Blake Patterson earned the save after pitching 1.0 inning of scoreless baseball, allowing two hits and one walk.
Pitt State battles Henderson State in a rematch at 1 p.m. today.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.