TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State rallied back with seven runs in the sixth innings to earn a 7-6 win over the Pittsburg State baseball team on Tuesday.
The Gorillas (16-9) jumped out to an early six-run advantage, but couldn't hang on, as the RiverHawks (16-10) drove in five runs and manufactured two more to take the lead and kept the Gorillas quiet in the final three frames to earn the victory.
Joven Afenir had it going at the plate early on, as he put the Gorillas up 3-0 on the strength of an RBI single in the first inning followed by a two-run home run in the third.
Pitt State extended the lead to 6-0 with a run in the fifth inning on a bunt by Colton Pogue and a solo home run off the bat of Andrew Vogelbaugh followed by a sacrifice fly from Hunter Clanin in the sixth.
Momentum changed hands in the following inning, as the RiverHawks crossed the plate seven times with five runs coming via RBIs and a two runs coming on an error and a walk with the bases loaded.
Tyson Cushman stood on third base as the potential tying run in the ninth after drawing a walk and moving up into scoring position on a single by Pogue, but was left stranded following a strikeout to end the game.
Afenir led the Gorillas on offense with a pair of hits, three RBIs and a run scored.
Pogue also had a good outing, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Gorillas will continue their road trip with a match up against Missouri Western at 4 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.