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Tiger baseball falls to red-hot Panthers

By The Hays Daily News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Fort Hays State University led twice in Wednesday’s game at Drury University, but the Drury bats got hot, and the Panthers ran their winning streak to 16 games with a 22-11 win in eight innings.
FHSU fell to 12-21, while Drury moved to 22-7.
FHSU led 2-0 early after a Horace Johnson solo home run in the first inning, and 3-1 after a Nick Hammeke groundout RBI in the second.
FHSU starter Ty Thomas started to struggle in the second. He gave up three consecutive hits, and Drury took a 5-3 lead, but back-to-back doubles for Gus Strunk and Clayton Garland helped the game in the third.
Thomas made it into the third, but gave up two walks, a hit batter, and a two-run home run that ended his day. Drury eventually took a 10-5 lead in the fourth, but FHSU answered.
The Tigers plated six runs in the fourth to take an 11-10 lead. Hammeke, Jordan Miller and Strunk all singled consecutively. Strunk, Gardland, Johnson and Cooper Langley each recorded an RBI in the inning. Langley had two RBIs in the inning, and Casey Sedbrook pushed across the go-ahead run with a single.
Drew Martineau, in relief of Thomas, ran into trouble in the fifth. He allowed a home run and two singles to open the inning. Nathan Zimmerman came on in relief, and Drury put up five runs inthe inning. Martineau eventually took the loss in 1.2 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk. Drury scored three in the seventh and four in the eighth to end the game early.
FHSU is in Bolivar, Mo., Friday and Saturday for a pair of MIAA doubleheaders with Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. Game times are 1 p.m. both days.