Western’s pitching staff continued their dominating performances this past weekend as they took three of four from Pitt State.
In game one of the series, the Griffons struggled at the plate. They were shut out through the first four innings of the game, with Jason Solma being the big hitter in the game with a two RBI double in the
fifth inning off Pitt State’s Ryan Sorell.
The Griffons had a chance in their final at bat to tie the game up, but pinch hitter Scott Groner hit into a game ending double play to seal the Griffons loss 6-4.
Nic Jurado put the team on his back in game two of the series as he threw his second consecutive complete game. Jurado gave up just three hits and struck out seven in the game as he improved his
record to 4-1 overall.
“I started throwing my changeup today and got guys out in front and was able to get a win,” Jurado said.
Solma continued his hot start from game one as he went 3-5 with three RBI’s. Western’s offense also came alive as they pounded out 11 hits in the game. The Griffons also scored four runs in the first inning with three of them coming with two outs.
Western would overcome four errors in the field to give Jurado the win 11-2.
Sophomore Brandon Simmons picked up his sixth straight victory in game three of the series on Saturday afternoon.
Simmons went 7.2 innings, throwing 98 pitches, 65 of them strikes. Tyler Riddle relieved Simmons and was able to work out of a two out jam with runners at second and third to earn the save and preserve Simmons’ win.
“I was still a little sore from Tuesday, but you just have to fight through it and give your team a chance to win,” Simmons said.
Kyle Peterson started the scoring for Western with an RBI single to left field to score Ian Atkinson. In the fifth inning, Andrew Pieper and David Chew executed a perfect as Peiper stole second and on the throw to second, Chew swiped home to give the Griffons a two run lead. Pieper later scored on a double by Ian Atkinson.
Behind a strong performance in his first collegiate start, Matt Bergin pitched eight shutout innings, struck out five and scattered seven hits to lead the Griffons to a 4-0 victory over the Gorillas.
“We expected him to go maybe five but for him to go as long as he did and keep them off balance, that was big for us,” Buzz Verduzco said.
Western’s offense did just enough in the game to give Bergin the win and take three of the four games in the series.
After the series, Western improves to 17-13 overall and 16-9 in the MIAA. The Griffons also currently sit fourth in the MIAA standings.