EDMOND, Okla. - The Fort Hays State baseball team dropped their series finale to Central Oklahoma on Saturday (April 20), 18-3. The Tigers moved to 3-34 overall and 2-25 in MIAA play, while the Bronchos moved to 27-14 on the season and 17-10 in conference action.
The Tigers were only able to produce four hits on the afternoon as Caleb Egan and Cody Starkel poked back-to-back hits in the third inning and Tim Fitzgerald and Egan earned consecutive hits in the seventh frame. Caleb Egan then scored the Tigers lone run on a sacrifice line out from Dawson Sramek in the third frame. Cody Starkel ripped a 2-RBI triple to center field in the seventh, scoring Egan and Fitzgerald.
Central Oklahoma plated 18 runs on 12 hits in the contest, a season-high in runs for the Bronchos. UCO pushed across run in the first three innings before putting away the Tigers with an 11-run sixth frame.
Jake Taylor (0-5) was charged with the loss for the Tigers after throwing 3.0 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits with five walks and one strikeout. Ryan Brown relived Taylor with 2.1 innings of relief, allowing seven runs on three hits with two strikeouts and four hit batters.
The Tigers finished off the road trip with a three-game set against Central Missouri next weekend (April 26-28). First pitch against the Mules on Friday is slated for 6 p.m.