Western baseball’s offense explodes in Pittsburg

By Kyle Inman

April 17, 2012

Missouri Western baseball put all of its offensive concerns to rest in a dominant four-game sweep of Pittsburg State at Pittsburg, Kan. over the weekend to improve to 27-11 on the season.

Brandon Simmons improved his record to 8-2 on the season by only giving up four hits and zero earned runs in game one of the series.  The Griffons won 12-1 as Simmons pitched all seven innings.

Grant Fink hit a two-run homer in the game and produced three RBI’s, while Kyle Peterson and Michael Schulze batted in two runners each.  The Griffons scored eight runs in the first three innings, while the Gorillas’ only run came off of a throwing error in the second inning.

The hot bats continued as the Griffons took the second game 15-1.  Nik Jurado only allowed two hits and zero earned runs in five innings to improve his record to a perfect 6-0 on the season.

Fink, Nate Ramler and  Egge all hit homers while Michael Schulze went 4-for-5 with a triple.  Fink produced five runs batted in while Egge had four.  Kyle Peterson batted in three runners and came up with three hits in the game.

Ethan Ward took the mound in game three and, despite giving up five earned runs, still earned the victory to improve to 5-2 on the season whiles striking out six batters.  Western won game three 13-5 in what was the closest game of the series.

Schulze and Egge went yard and each batted in three runners while hitting 3-for-4.  Western hit seven doubles and two triples to go along with the two home runs.

The fourth game was no different than the first three. It ended with Western getting the blowout win.  The Griffons’ offensive explosion yielded 17 hits and 11 RBIs in the final game of the series as Western took the game 17-6.

Fink, Egge, Jimmy Smelcer and Bubba Dotson all hit homers while Peterson ran out another triple.  Oliver Kady improved his record to 2-1 on the season by giving up four earned runs in six innings and striking out eight batters.

Western had 71 hits that amounted to 57 runs scored over the weekend.

The Griffons will try to keep the hot bats going this weekend against Truman State in a four-game series which starts at 4 p.m., Friday, in Kirksville.