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Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tigers relying on relievers

Published on -4/26/2012, 10:20 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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On Tuesday, Fort Hays State University senior Tyler Treinen and junior J.J. Jaramillo permitted five runs in the first two innings to Bethany College. Then, junior right-hander Kyle Leroy entered in the third and worked 32âÑ3 innings. The submarine-style Leroy allowed two runs on four hits and continually coaxed ground balls with his two-seam fastball, slider and newly acquired changeup.

Leroy eventually gave way to seniors Connor Beer and Casey Pierce, who allowed six runs in the seventh inning. Senior right-handed closer Brett Macari entered the game, collected the last out of the seventh inning, then worked two scoreless innings. Overall, Leroy and Macari pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits.

"Those two guys out of the pen are very hard to hit," junior left fielder Ryan Busboom said.

The other four pitchers worked three innings and combined to allow 11 runs on 15 hits in a 17-13 Tiger victory at Larks Park. The big split between Leroy/Macari and the rest of Fort Hays' bullpen has occurred all season, but has become ever larger recently.

Macari, a returning all-MIAA honorable mention selection, is 3-1 with a 1.61 earned-run average with six saves, tied for the conference lead. His ERA leads all MIAA relievers. Leroy, a first year transfer from Barton Community College, is 2-0 with a 4.40 ERA and two saves in a team-high 16 appearances. No other reliever has an ERA under 6.43 (minimum five innings pitched).

"We have had no consistency out of the rest of the bullpen," second-year coach Steve Johnson said. "... We need right now to rely on our starting pitching to be good, because the two guys that have been consistent for us have been Kyle and Brett."

This weekend, Fort Hays (23-19) will play have its final two non-conference contests with a two-game series versus Wayne State (Neb.) College (25-13). Game time is 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Larks Park.

Recently, including last weekend's four-game series at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University, Johnson has leaned on Leroy and Macari even more frequently. All but three outs of Game 3 -- the only contest in the four-game series the Tigers lost -- came from either the starters, Leroy or Macari.

"They will step up," Leroy said of the rest of the bullpen. w"The guys down there, they have had a hard time with it, but they'll get it back. I believe in them."

Macari, the reigning MIAA Pitcher of the Week, saved two games in the series and then earned the win Tuesday. Leroy pitched three innings for a save against Southwest Baptist and then worked the longest appearance of his collegiate career Tuesday.

"When our starters go aways and then they are able to come in, we know a pretty good chance that we are going to win," Busboom said.

Macari, 7-2 with 18 saves in 20 opportunities in his Tiger career, is second all-time in school annals for career saves. Nate Fields, with 23 from 1997-98, is the school record holder.

Leroy said he has surprised himself "a little bit" with his success this spring.

"To get as many (innings) as I have gotten so far, it's real fun," he said.

A Great Bend graduate, Leroy talked with Barton County coach Mike Warren, who told Leroy he had to change his arm angle to be successful. Leroy estimated he threw 78 to 80 miles per hour, offerings he called "little meatballs at this level."

Leroy said he "bought into" making any necessary changes, dropped his arm and led Barton County with a 1.86 ERA in 2010 and a 2.08 ERA last spring. He again pitched well in the fall for FHSU.

"My ball runs and I get ground balls," he said. "That's all I got to do."

This spring, Leroy has pitched 282âÑ3 innings and has a 15âÑ9 strikeout to walk rate with a .309 opponents' batting average. Yet Leroy's penchant for ground balls has helped him permit just two homers.

"He has got a lot of sink," Johnson said. "He has got a nice little breaking ball he spins away from them. He is in the zone for the most part of the time. That's what we are looking at from the other guys."

With Johnson's and Macari's help, Leroy has added a changeup.

Since his slider breaks right into a left-handed hitter, Leroy's changeup has become his out pitch to left-handed batters. Against Bethany, Leroy threw "seven or eight" changeups and collected several outs in another effective appearance.

"It's tough to hit him just because he is from so far down," Busboom said. "He is a real good competitor and a real good guy and gets the job done most of the time."

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