MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Fort Hays State University baseball team’s worst season in years came to a close Sunday with a 5-4 MIAA loss to Northwest Missouri State University.
The Tigers had a 4-3 lead in the season finale, only to see the Bearcats plate a pair in the eighth to regain the lead and the eventual win.
FHSU ends its season at 10-39 overall and just 3-33 in MIAA play. The 10 wins is the fewest since the Tigers collected a 9-33 overall mark in 1991.
Northwest Missouri moved to 31-18, 19-16 in the MIAA.
The Bearcats had a 2-0 lead early, but FHSU tied the game with runs in the third and fourth innings. Ryan Imber scored on an infield single by Nick Hammeke, then Bryce Witchurch drove in Clayton Basgall with a single to center.
After Northwest Missouri took a 3-2 lead, Hammeke drove in his second run in the seventh to tie it at three. Then Trevor Hughes gave FHSU a 4-3 lead with a single to score Marcus Altman in the inning.
The Bearcats, though, bounced back with the two eighth inning runs to secure the win.
Ben Ramberg moved to 0-9 with the loss on the mound. He gave up four runs — all earned — on five hits through seven innings. FHSU closed the season with six straight losses and won just one game in its final 18.