The Griffon baseball team used some timely hitting and stellar pitching performances to sweep a four game series from the Pittsburg State Gorillas last weekend.
Coming into the weekend, Western needed to play better than they had and take at least three of the four games from Pitt State and did just that.
The first game started with Western sending freshmen pitcher Oliver Kadey to the mound and he set the tone for the rest of the series for the Griffons. Kadey threw a complete game shutout against the Gorillas in a 2-0 victory.
Western scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning and the game turned into a pitcher’s duel. Trevor Hannum scored on an RBI single by Ian Atkinson in the fifth inning. The two Griffon runs were all that Kadey needed as he shut down the Pitt State lineup most of the game. The Gorillas loaded the bases in the toup of the fourth but Kadey was able to work his way out of it and cruise the rest of the way to pick up his second victory of the season.
Game two provided a little more offense as the Griffons took the game 9-4 behind Isaac Rome’s four RBI’s including his 11th homerun of the year.
Western finished the series in a wild game Sunday night which they won 12-11 in 11 innings. The pitching staff, as well as the whole team, were running on fumes by the time the series came to an end.
“Andy Hebrard came into the last game Sunday giving us everything he had and we were able to ride out the emotional roller coaster and win it in 11 innings,” head coach Buzz Verduzco said.
The Griffons fought back to tie the game in the eighth inning behind Hebrard. Hebrard gave up a three run home run to center field in the top of the 11th to put the Griffons down 11-8 going into their final at bat.
Western used three hits to score four runs in their final at bat of the 11th inning to score the comeback win. Atkinson delivered the game winning hit on a RBI single to left center field to cap off the win.
Hebrard earned the win as he pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits but also struck out six batters in his fifth win of the season.
“This sweep was huge for us,” Hebrard said. “Pitching a long relief was something I wanted and so it wasn’t a big deal.”
Western knew they would have to sweep Pitt State in order to keep their post-season hopes alive.
“We were pretty emotionally drained after that series,” Hebrard said.
The Griffons will now take a few days rest and then face Emporia State on Friday and Saturday.in two double headers.