Baseball drops doubleheader against Southwest Baptist

Allison Mueller

Alexandria Carter/ Winonan

The Winona State University baseball team traveled to Bolivar, Mo. for two doubleheaders. The first pair of Saturday games saw losses against Southwest Baptist with scores of 7-4 and 3-2.

The Warriors saw four losses in Houston, Texas the prior week. Despite this, head coach Kyle Poock said the errors were something they could overcome.

“In Houston our errors weren’t physical, they were mental,” Poock said. “We need to have better judgment, and we need to bat better.”

Southwest Baptist had an early 1-0 lead over Winona State, but in the fourth inning the Warriors posted three runs. Senior Jordan Plamann tied the game 1-1 after hitting a double with bases loaded. Winona State would increase its lead 3-1 after an RBI on an error from Paul Mutch and a double hit by Nathan Krause.

Pitcher Chase Blazier gave up two runs at the bottom of the fourth after a walk and two flyouts. The Bearcats had three straight hits to tie the game 3-3. An error following allowed the Bearcats to take the lead 4-3.

At the top of the fifth inning the Warriors tied the game 4-4 after Travis Evanson batted in Andrew Geslinger.

Southwest Baptist took the lead 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth with two RBI singles. After another run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI groundout Winona State trailed 7-4.

Travis Evanson led Winona State going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

After the loss on Saturday, Plamann said there were things the Warriors needed to improve on in order to secure the next win.

“We need to hit the ball better, and our pitchers needs to be more competitive like I know they are,” said Plamann.

In the second game of the day Winona State was unable to hold on to its early lead. After leading 2-0 for the first six innings with scores from Paul Mutch and Taylor Field, Southwest Baptist tied the game 2-2.

At the bottom of the ninth the Bearcats had an RBI doubled that resulted in a 3-2 victory over the Warriors.

Hayden Krimmer gave up no earned runs and only four hits in his five solid innings of pitching. He struck out four players and gave up three walks.

The Warriors’ doubleheader the following day was cancelled against Wisconsin-Parkside due to poor weather. Winona State (0-6) will resume play March 9 in Florida with a series of six games in the Russ Matt Invitational.