Baseball splits games in opening weekend at Kansas

Baseball splits games in opening weekend at Kansas

Maurice Hudson, Sports Reporter

Winona State University’s baseball team started their season with a series spilt, winning and losing on the road against the Pittsburg State University Gorillas.

The weekend was filled with multiple schedule changes for the Winona State baseball team, with Friday’s game and Saturday’s doubleheader in Pittsburg, Kansas, cancelled due to weather conditions.

The Warriors and Gorillas played at noon on Sunday, with the first of the two games featuring a come-from-behind win for Pittsburg State, who went from being down four runs, to winning 6-4.

The Warriors came out in the early innings to give themselves a 2-0 lead going into the fifth inning, where sophomore Austin Savary, acting as designated hitter, doubled to right center and brought in first baseman Sam Kohnle and sophomore third baseman Tanner Williams.

The Gorillas would start rolling in the bottom of the fifth, where they hit a three-run home run off junior pitcher Aaron Mutter.

In the sixth inning, the Gorillas continued their run and began to pull away, bringing in another three unanswered runs to take the lead.

The Warriors could not answer in the seventh inning, leaving the score 6-4 and taking their first loss of the year.

The second game in Sunday’s doubleheader ended in a different fashion.

The Gorillas came out early, taking a two-run lead in the third inning, but Winona State would find a spark, scoring eight runs in the top of the fourth to give the Warriors a six score lead.

In the top of the ninth inning, sophomore Zac Stange singled and scored on a hit from sophomore Tanner Williams, making the score 10-2. The Warriors would capture their first win of the season, with an 11-2.

After a week break, the Warriors look to start a win streak as they face Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. The series will start with a doubleheader Friday, March 1 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with games at noon on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.