Western Baseball goes 2-2 over weekend.

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Western Baseball went 2-2 last week losing to Northwest once and winning the series against Lindenwood two games to one.

Last night the Griffons hosted Emporia State and, with the help of a six run seventh inning, they took the win 11-3.

Western only struck out three times in this game, a stat in which coach Buzz Verduzco was happy about.

“Earlier in the year we had some problems getting on base, with strikeouts specifically,” Verduzco said, “But recently the strikeouts have been lower, there’s been better contact and pitching has been better. We’re getting into our stride.”

Western lost game one to Northwest Missouri State last week by a score of 13-9 in a shootout.
The rivals combined for 33 hits, 22 runs and 12 pitchers used in the three hour and 42 minute game.
Fifteen hits by the Griffons are tied for the most this season
Missouri Western had five players record multiple hits with Casey Danley going 3-6 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Danley hit his sixth home run in the second inning and has now homered in five of the last six games.
Nolan Meyer went 3-5 on the evening with two RBIs and a run scored
Ryan Smith also scored two runs and drove in one run hitting 3-4.
Game two was just as uneasy on the pitching, just without the offensive firepower, as the Griffons lost to Lindenwood 11-3.
Dusty Stroup went 2-4 with three RBIs and two home runs, driving in every run Western scored while the bottom four batters were held hitless, going a combined 0-13.

Stroup thinks that the teams showing a lot more than previously

“This team has been getting hot recently,” Stroup said. “The pitching’s been getting better, the bats have been hot, this is our time to make a run.”

Last year Stroup was a freshman on a team of all-conference players, but he doesn’t see a difference between now and then.
“No matter the people on the team I’m going to go out and give my best effort to help win a game for us.”
A big bright spot on Western’s pitching staff was Trever Carroll, who pitched four innings only letting up one run.
Western struck out 11 times in this game compared to Northwests lowly two strikeouts. The strikeout numbers this last week for Western have been down compared to previous weekends.
A 7-4 win over Lindenwood bounced Western back after losing four in a row dating back to the weekend before this series.
Five Western batters had multiple hits including Danley who went 3-5 with one RBI.
All but two batters came around to score for Western at least once.
Nate Hunter compiled three strikeouts and only one walk in his nine-inning complete game.

Hunter talked about the struggles of a complete game.

“Honestly my arm went numb about halfway through the game,” Hunter said. “At that point I had to focus more on my legs driving my pitches and hoped they went over the plate.”

Game four gave the Griffons a good end to the week, winning the rubber match against Lindenwood last Friday by a score of 8-0.
Levi Schreiner was 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a run scored and a RBI
Will Jibas went 2-4 at the plate with one RBI and scored a run while Stroup batted .500 on the day.
Danley recorded three RBIs and scored two runs for MWSU with a home run, his second of the week.
Jacob Miller shut down the Lions offense as he tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowed three hits and struck out six batters.

Miller talked about how it felt to shut down an offense that had really been a problem for Western.

“I went out there and I pitched, the bats backed me up nicely and I gotta thank them for the game they helped me get,” Miller said. “To finish the series strong really showed we’re going in the right direction.

Preston Bailey got a two and one-third inning save, not allowing a hit to end the week for Western.

Last night the Griffons hosted Emporia State and, with the help of a six run seventh inning, they took the win 11-3.

Western only struck out three times in this game, a stat in which coach Buzz Verduzco was happy about.

“Earlier in the year we had some problems getting on base, with strikeouts specifically,” Verduzco said, “But recently the strikeouts have been lower, there’s been better contact and pitching has been better. We’re getting into our stride.”

Western, again, got five multi-hit batters with four people with two or more RBIs with Levi Schreiner leading the way with three.

Levi Abrahamson got the start but only went two and two-thirds innings. Preston Bailey came in and pitched five and one-third innings, and not giving up a single run on only two hits.

 

Western travels to William Jewell college and then they get to travel to Edmond, Oklahoma, to face the University of Central Oklahoma in a three game set.