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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 sweep Northwest Missouri

Published on -3/14/2013, 10:52 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Fort Hays State University has dealt with constant scheduling changes due to multiple snowstorms the last few weeks.

Even Wednesday's doubleheader against Northwest Missouri State University was switched from Tuesday. Larks Park still had some sogginess, especially along the fence from center field to right center, an area that was almost unplayable.

Prior to Wednesday, the Tigers had played just four games since Feb. 24.

"We kind of felt like a football team the last three or four weeks," coach Steve Johnson said. "Just one day a week."

Against Northwest Missouri, though, the Tigers put together a solid day with 3-0 and 11-3 victories. The wins were FHSU's first games at Larks Park since Feb. 19.

"It was nice to get back home and, I thought, play a really good day of baseball," Johnson said.

In Game 1, senior right-hander Jesse Hart worked a complete game shutout, while in the second game, FHSU tallied four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth.

In addition, the infield turned five double plays, including four in Game 2. Plus, Johnson's two sons came on the public address announcer and sang, "Happy Birthday" for their dad's birthday.

"We had the week off or whatever with all that snow, but it's been a little different this year having to travel just to play one day and travel back right away," senior Ryan Busboom said, "Don't know when you are playing again, so just got to stay on top of it and always be ready."

In addition, the Tigers recently added a new sign to the third-base dugout at Larks Park. Assistant coach Andy Lewton, a former Tiger starting pitcher, put up a sign that reads "The Fort Hays State University winning tradition will not be entrusted to the timid or the weak."

FHSU has battled through multiple obstacles this season, including the weather and early series against conference powers University of Central Missouri and Emporia State University.

"I have been proud of them," Johnson said. "We have been on the road a ton. Everybody that we have faced so far has been someone predicted to be in the top half of the conference."

However, the Tigers now have won three in a row and stand at 10-7 overall, 7-6 MIAA entering a road series at Lindenwood (Mo.) University this weekend.

Northwest Missouri dropped to 4-14, 4-11 MIAA.

"I like that," Busboom said of the sign. "We are way more of a hard-nosed team this year, which is going to bring us a lot more success than last year. Last year, we were more laid back, and this year, we get after it in the weight room more and harder practices and stuff like that. It's going really good so far."

Hart, the 6-foot-7 Hays High School product, improved to 3-0 and lowered his earned run-average to 2.73. He allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked none. It marked the first shutout by a Tiger starter since Lewton threw eight shutout innings in a 3-0 win against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Feb. 26, 2011.

The last time it occurred with a FHSU pitcher in a MIAA game was when Chase Schippers threw seven scoreless innings on May 2, 2010, at Truman State (Mo.) University.

"You can just tell in his mound presence, it's a lot better than what it was even last year down the stretch and a huge lift for us today," Johnson said. "We are searching to fill that midweek type role, and he has done a nice job of coming out of the pen and as a starter this year, so we are excited to see that."

Last season, Hart went 4-2 with a 5.63 earned-run average in 12 games. He had 25 walks in 38.1 innings, but allowed opponents to a .295 batting average, one of the lowest marks on the team. This year, Hart had an opponents' batting average of just .231 entering Wednesday. He has 11 walks in 26 innings this year.

"We've had some issues with him getting down in some counts and stuff," Johnson said. "He threw really well in his last outing, but he wasn't getting ahead of left-handers. It was like he lost focus and let it tail off the plate, and I thought he did a great job of that tonight. Got down on a few of them and came back."

Johnson has noticed Hart has always thrown a "heavy ball," which helps cause the lower opponents' batting average.

"For some reason, there is just not a lot of good swings against him," Johnson said.

Hart recorded 14 ground ball outs, including a double play. Junior center fielder Clayton Garland hit a home run to help the offense.

"It's tough facing a guy like Hart," Busboom said. "He is has gotten a different arm slot than anybody, 6-7, from a three-quarter arm slot and it's tough to hit off of him. It's hard to see the ball and he is starting to locate really well, too, right now and that's what's helping out a lot, and helping out the team a lot. He is keeping the players all in their toes because he throws it in there every time."

In the second contest, Busboom homered and the Tigers turned four double plays, all after the third inning. Nathan Zimmerman moved to 3-0 with 3.1 relief innings.

"Infield has been playing great this year and it's pretty fun seeing some of the plays that Chris and Kelton can make over there," Busboom said.

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