The Fort Hays State University baseball team dropped a midweek clash with Nebraska-Kearney on Tuesday 7-0 at Larks Park. The Tigers dipped to 11-19 overall and 3-14 in the MIAA, while the Lopers moved to 17-11 on the season and 10-4 in conference play.
The Tiger bats were stymied by the Lopers’ pitching staff as FHSU was shutout for the second time this season. The Tigers were outhit in the contest, 14-6. Although the Tigers accumulated six hits on the evening, not one was able to plate a base runner with the Tigers stranding seven men on base.
Loper starter Alex Achtermann shut down the Tigers as he completed 8.0 innings, not allowing a single run and only four hits. The Tigers were fanned eight times, six to Achtermann. The Lopers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with an two-RBI double down the left field line allowed both runners on base to cross home plate.
Addison Kaasch provided one-third of the Tigers’ hits in a 2-for-4 outing, including one of two extra base hits for the Tigers. Dayton Pomeroy was the other Tiger to step on multiple bags with his double in the home half of the third inning.
Alex Ruxlow (0-3) was charged with the loss for FHSU as he threw one of his best outings of the season going 5.0 innings of work, giving up two runs on five hits and recording five punch outs.
The Tigers are back in action this weekend when they travel to Emporia to take on Emporia State in a three-game set, starting with Thursday’s 6 p.m. opener.