By The Hays Daily News
The Fort Hays State University baseball team is off to an 0-2 start after a pair of losses Friday and Saturday at Larks Park.
On Friday, FHSU gave up three runs in the first inning, rallied late, but lost 5-3 to Colorado School of Mines. Then Saturday, FHSU gave up a six-run third in a 13-7 loss to Regis University.
FHSU is slated for a 4 p.m. game today to wrap up a three-game homestand before playing at the University of Central Missouri Friday, Saturday and Sunday later this week in Warrensburg, Mo.
Against Regis, the visitors took an 8-0 lead after four innings, including putting up the six runs in the third.
Starter Brad Spires (0-1) took the loss, and didn't make it out of the third. He gave up four runs (all earned) on one hit. He walked two and struck out three, but didn't record an out in the third. Joe Mapes (two innings), Steven Federau (four) and Chase Newman (one) finished the game for FHSU.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Alex King hit a solo home run to right center field. Trailing 13-3 in the eighth, FHSU scored its final four runs through the last two innings.
Connor Ross finished 2-for-6 in the leadoff for the Tigers with one RBI. King was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Gus Strunk collected two hits and drove in a run. Nick DiPaola picked up the win for Regis in six innings. He gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Regis improved to 4-1.
In Friday's opener against Colorado Mines (4-0), Justin Hersch took the loss for the Tigers. He pitched four innings, giving up three runs (all earned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. FHSU used four pitchers in the game.
Colorado Mines' Nate Olinger had a solo home run in the first inning, then Connor Lambert added a solo shot in the fifth after FHSU had narrowed the lead to 3-2 in favor of Mines in the fourth. The Tigers attempted a rally down 5-2 in the ninth. Caleb Cherryholmes had a double down the left field line that scored Andre Vieyra, but the tying run struck out swinging to end the threat.
Six different Tigers recorded one hit in the game. Lambert finished 2 for 4 for the Orediggers with three RBIs.