The Fort Hays State University baseball team was three outs away from its eighth win of the season, but the Tigers gave up four in the top of the ninth to see Newman leave Larks Park with a 9-7 win Tuesday.
Junior Clayton Basgall put the Tigers ahead 6-5 with a run-scoring triple to right-center in the bottom of the seventh. The La Crosse product scored on a Trevor Hughes single soon after for a 7-5 Tiger advantage after seven.
After a scoreless eighth, sophomore Zac Rothert took the mound for the top of the ninth but exited after allowing a walk and a single to the second and third batters he faced, respectively.
Basgall came on with two on and one out before loading the bases with a walk. A fly out to left followed before Ked Bailey tied it with a two-run single. Jacob Hamerle then gave the Jets a 9-7 advantage with another two-RBI knock.
Jake Lanferman, Dayton Pomeroy and Basgall — the heart of the Tiger lineup — was retired in order in the bottom half for the Tigers’ fourth straight loss.
Newman took a 2-0 lead early before Jared Bogosian plated Pomeroy on a ground out.
A solo homer made it 3-1 Newman in the top of the fourth before the Tigers answered with four runs in the bottom half. Jace Bowman started the rally with an RBI single before Nick Hammeke earned a bases-loaded walk to tie it at 3.
Lanferman gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead with a two-run single later in the inning.
Newman answered with single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game before Basgall’s triple split the gap.
The Tigers used eight pitchers on they day with no one hurler going longer than two innings.
Connor Boyer, the FHSU starter, and freshman Ryan Ruder each handled to innings of work and struck out a pair of Jets.
Cole Schumacher, Austin Weiser, Austin Liverant and Easton Palmer also handled stints on the mound for the Tigers
Basgall, Hughes and Bowman each had a pair of hits to lead the Tigers. Newman, however, owned a 13-11 advantage in hits.
The Tigers return to action Friday when No. 15 Emporia State comes to town for a three-game MIAA series at Larks Park. FHSU, now 7-14 on the season, enters having lost 11 of its last 12.