A Fort Hays State University starting pitcher went the distance for the second consecutive game when freshman Logan Herd picked up his second win of the year in an 11-1 run-rule victory against Lincoln University Thursday in Jefferson City, Mo.
The win followed D.J. Carr's complete game against Washburn on Thursday. Herd, a Fort Worth, Texas native, kept the Blue Tigers (1-23, 0-14), a team still looking for its first conference win, scoreless through six frames.
By that time, the black and gold Tigers (11-14, 5-9) were well in the clear. Alex Weiss and Austin Unrein made it 2-0 early, driving in runs in the first and third, respectively.
Herd allowed runners to reach second in the second and third but was unable to come up with the necessary outs.
Senior Connor Ross and junior Trevor Hughes homered in the fourth to break the game open, giving their first-year pitcher some wiggle room.
Lincoln got two more runners aboard in the bottom half before the Tigers rolled a double play to keep the shutout alive.
A big two-out rally in the sixth put the game out of reach. Weiss scored Ty Redington on a single that, teamed with a walk to Joe Mapes in the next at-bat, chased the Blue Tiger starter from the game.
Ross was then hit by a pitch that loaded the bases for King, who answered with a two-run double to gap in left center. Hughes' third and fourth RBI of the game followed on a single, his third hit of the day, to make it 11-0.
The Blue Tigers managed to score one run in the bottom of the seventh after loading the bases with no outs. Herd walked in Lincoln's only run, but the home team was unable to extend the game as the FHSU starter retired the next three batters.
Herd worked around seven hits but allowed just one run while striking out seven.
Hughes, King and Weiss each had multi-hit, multi-RBI games.
The two teams are scheduled meet in game two of the series today at 3 p.m.