Tiger baseball splits with Southern
Published on -3/5/2013, 10:11 AM
By The Hays Daily News
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Fort Hays State University baseball team needed a late rally in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader to pull off a split at Missouri Southern State University.
FHSU won 7-6 and lost 14-3 on the road in a doubleheader that was rescheduled and relocated due to snow. It was supposed to be played Saturday at Larks Park.
In Game 1, FHSU had a 5-0 lead after two innings, but the Lions chipped away at the lead from then on. In the top of the seventh, Missouri Southern grabbed a 6-5 lead, scoring three runs, but Fort Hays answered with two of its own.
Seniors Kelton Rule and Jay Sanders hit single, and redshirt freshman Casey Sedbrook got walked to load the bases. Junior Jordan Miller got hit by a pitch to force the tying run, and senior Sam Thornton ended it with an RBI single.
Alex Ellison pitched the first five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Junior Nathan Briar and sophomore Nathan Zimmerman each got an out before senior Kyle Leroy (1-0) pitched the final 1.1 innings. He gave up three runs, all unearned, but earned the win.
In Game 2, the Tigers couldn't keep up. Missouri Southern led 6-0 after an inning and a half, and the Lions added eight runs in the final two.
Fort Hays hit 8 of 27 in the game, while Missouri Southern hit 16 of 37.
Senior Tayler Davis (1-1) started, but lasted just an inning. He gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks.
FHSU will play a three-game series Saturday and Sunday at Emporia State University.