Tigers split Friday games
Published on -4/15/2012, 6:54 AM
By The Hays Daily News
The Fort Hays State University baseball team split two games Friday with Truman State (Mo.) University at Larks Park. Fort Hays lost Game 1, 4-3, and won Game 2, 11-3.
Fort Hays moved to 17-17 overall, 15-14 MIAA, while Truman State went to 11-23, 10-20 MIAA. Saturday's doubleheader was postponed until today at 11 a.m. because of rain.
In the first game, Tiger senior ace Shawn Lewick worked a complete game, but took the loss to drop to 4-3. He worked seven innings and allowed four runs (three earned) with six hits with three strikeouts against a walk. Logan Siegler (3-4) earned the win for Truman State.
He also pitched a complete game and allowed three runs with five hits against two strikeouts and no walks. The game was scoreless after three innings when Truman's Pete Jurich hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs tacked on a fifth inning run, while FHSU scored three runs in the sixth when Ryan Busboom hit a three-run homer.
In Game 2, Busboom hit a three-run homer in the first inning, his team-leading 13th of the year. That helped Fort Hays take a 5-0 lead after three innings. Up 5-3, Fort Hays scored four in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Senior J.C. Ochoa doubled in a run, senior Brandon Hoefler had an RBI single and the Tigers took avantage of a couple Bulldog outfield errors. Junior right-hander Alex Ellison (2-4) went six innings for the win. He allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned) with no strikeouts and no walks. Bret Gerstner (1-3) took the loss for Truman. He went 62âÑ3 innings and permitted nine hits and eight runs (all earned) with one strikeout and three walks.