Streaks are meant to be broken and that’s exactly what happened as Missouri Western got swept by Pitt State to end their nine game winning streak.
Western started the weekend cold, allowing nine runs in the second inning of the first game. Pitt would go on to win 11-3.
Pitcher Trever Carroll started the game but allowed six runs early, and he got the loss, dipping his record to 1-3. On a good note, Brooks Day went 2-5 with two RBIs and Maurice Bruce got walked twice. To end the game, Chevy Emken and Joe Tieman pitched a combined 5-? innings allowing no runs and only three hits.
The big story here is strikeouts. Pitt State struck out only four times to Western’s 15. Plate discipline was a big factor in this specific game.
Carroll talked about how the weekend felt to him.
“Well obviously it sucks, you never like to lose let alone get sweeped.” Carroll said, “I feel like we know what went wrong and we’re gonna try and fix that before we get to the Northwest game.”
Game two came on the same day as game one and had the same result, another Western loss; this time it was a 6-3 loss.
Jacob Miller started this game and went five innings, allowing four runs, only two of which were earned, and striking out four. On the bats, Bruce had his second straight two walk game and even got a hit, while Nolan Meyer went 2-4.
Four different Griffons had multiple hits in the doubleheader
Bruce talked about the importance of both bats and pitchers doing well.
“Any time you know you got that support behind you from the pitching staff, it makes you better.” Bruce said. “Anytime we do bad the pitchers pick us up and vice versa. It’s a team game and anything can happen.”
Game three went to 11 innings and ended when Hunter Clanen of PSU singled and later scored in the 11th to end it 4-2.
Will Jibas went 3-5 on the game and Dusty Stroup went 3-6, both getting an RBI to their name. Nate Hunter went 7-? innings allowing two runs on eight hits, Kellan Richards relieved him, pitching three innings allowing one run and ended with the loss.
Richards is currently the MIAA leader in appearances.
Carroll talked about the struggles of the weekend.
“Honestly I can’t say we lost cause we were tired, but it was a factor.” Carroll said, “we played so often that games kind of because routine, and I think this weekend snapped us out of it.”
Over the weekend PSU struck out 35 batters over the weekend while Western only struck out 14.
Richards talked about the strikeout numbers over the series.
“Honestly their pitching did good, and they did better than us.” Richards said, “Like I said earlier, hopefully this weekend got ourselves out of our head and we’ll come back against the Bearcats.”
Western travels to Maryville to face the Bearcats tomorrow and them come back home for a three game series against Missouri Southern.