PITTSBURG — It was a chilly day at the ballpark on Tuesday Al Ortolani Field, where the Pittsburg State baseball team picked up a pair of wins over Wayne State 12-2 and 10-3.
GORILLAS COME OUT SWINGING
A late-inning surge from the Pitt State offense on the heels of four shutout innings by starting pitcher Brad Kinsey lifted the Gorillas to a ten-run win in game one of the doubleheader.
“We got off to a pretty good start in the first game,” PSU head coach Tom Myers said. “Brad pitched really well for the most part. Walks hurt him, but I thought he was making good pitches which allowed him to get some strikeouts. I also thought Jarret Dotson was good for us in game two. Quality pitching for our starters was really key for us today.”
Pitt State put three runs on the board in the second inning on the strength of a trio of singles from Reece Garvie, Cody White and Colton Pogue.
The Gorillas went on to post four runs in the fifth frame, with two coming via a home run to left field by Andrew Vogelbaugh.
Three more runs for PSU in the sixth inning — coming by way of a two-run double from Vogelbaugh and a walk with the bases loaded — extended the lead to 10, before a pair of runs for the Wildcats in the seventh cut the deficit to 10-2.
Pittsburg managed to get both runs back in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a two-run double by John Oliver to end the game.
Garvie did his part on the offensive end, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a walk.
Vogelbaugh also had a day to remember, driving in four runs on two hits with a run scored.
Kinsey earned the win on the mound with seven strikeouts through four scoreless innings.
GORILLAS CLOSE OUT SWEEP
The offensive momentum carried over into game two for the Gorillas, as they closed out the sweep with a 10-3 win in the rematch.
“With the conditions today, it would have been easy to panic,” Myers said. “But, we did a pretty good job of flattening balls out and that was apparent during the six-run inning in game two. We just had a lot of nice at-bats.”
Pitt State posted four runs in the early going, starting with a solo home run off the bat of Pogue in the opening frame.
The Gorillas went on to add two more runs in the second inning on a single by Reed and one more in the third on a wild pitch.
Wayne State came to within one at 4-3 after pushing across three runs in the fourth inning, but PSU answered with six insurance runs in the sixth which included RBI singles from Garvie, Oliver, Reed, Cushman, Pogue and Jack Mercer.
Andy Pagnozzi was awarded his first win of the year on the mound, notching one strikeout through two scoreless innings.
At the plate, Reed drove in four runs on two hits with a run scored.
Pogue and Garvie also tallied a pair of hits with two runs scored and one RBI apiece.
The Gorillas will host Emporia for a three-game set beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.