The Fort Hays State University baseball team jumped in front early before holding on to defeat Newman Tuesday afternoon 9-6 at Larks Park. The Tigers are now 5-2 on the year, while the Jets fall to 1-2 overall.
After Roger Kruse (1-0) worked out of a jam in the first inning, stranding a pair of runners, the Tigers batted around in the home half of the frame to accumulate five runs. After Addison Kaasch reached on an error to lead things off, singles from Ryan Grasser and Alex Weiss quickly loaded the bases. Jordan Wilkerson worked a walk two batters later, giving FHSU the first run of the game. Grasser made the score 2-0 when he scored on a wild pitch before Marcus Altman drove in a run with a single to left center. Bryce Whitchurch tacked on two more runs when he crushed a double to left center, scoring Altman and Wilkerson.
The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the third when Wilkerson was hit by a pitch in the first plate appearance of the frame. After swiping second, the junior came around to score when designated hitter Jonathan Mariani sent a single back up the middle.
Fort Hays State quickly loaded the bases once again in the fourth inning when Kaasch reached on another error, a pitch hit Grasser and Weiss singled to right center. Pomeroy drove in a run by drawing a four-pitch walk before Altman added his second RBI of the afternoon with a single through the right side, giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead.
Kruse tamed the Jet offense over the first five innings, earning the win after not allowing a run. The junior struck out four batters while giving up two hits and five walks. The Jets tried to battle back against the FHSU bullpen, scoring two runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings, but Sam Capps stranded the would-be game-tying run at the plate when he struck out the final batter looking.
The Tigers added their ninth and final run in the sixth inning when Pomeroy demolished a leadoff home run over the fence in left center.
The Tigers will be back in action over the weekend when they travel to Las Vegas, N.M. to take on New Mexico Highlands in a three-game series. Game 1 is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday.