Missouri Western baseball had a tough last weekend, falling to Northeastern State twice in their three-game set in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Western had a good start to the weekend though, beating the Riverhawks 5,3 behind the arm of Jacob Miller. Miller tossed 6 2/3 innings and struck out four batters to earn his fifth win of the season.
Preston Bailey was credited with his third save of the season after he held the Riverhawks hitless in the final 2 1/3 innings.
Casey Danley went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBIs, a run scored and hit his fourth home run of the season.
Game two was not as kind to the pitching staff of Western as NSU scored 10 to beat the Griffons 10-6.
The two teams combined for six runs in the final inning of play.
The offense continued the trend of strikeouts as Northeastern State pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.
It wasn’t all bad as Brooks Day was the first Griffon this season to hit two home runs in a game
Nate Hunter threw seven innings and struck out four batters, bouncing back after three of his five earned runs happened in the first inning. He held them scoreless until the seventh inning.
The offense was a little bit better in game three but ultimately it was the pitching that had this game just a bit too out of reach, as the Griffons lost again 9-8.
NSU scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the two teams combined for 17 runs on 23 hits, six errors and used 10 pitchers in the game.
Western struck out 21 times this weekend.
Western’s two through six batters combined for seven runs on seven hits and three RBIs.
Sophomore shortstop Dusty Stroup played well in the last game, going two for four with two runs while Day went one for two with two walks.
This weekend’s games pushes Westerns record to 18-16 with their conference record sitting at 11-10 which currently puts them in sixth place.
Tonight, Western faces off against Northwest, here at home. They then face Lindenwood once on Thursday and then twice on Friday.