After a comeback win in game one, Missouri Western dropped the next two and lost the series 2-1 to Emporia State.
Game one had the Griffons losing 7-0 but with a three-run sixth, a two-run seventh and another three-run inning in the eighth led the Griffons to a 8-7 comeback win.
Sixth-year senior Thomas Ruwe came in and relieved Roy Robles after two innings. Ruwe threw six and two-thirds innings, striking out eight and only allowing one run although it was not earned by him.
“I felt really good with my pitching,” Ruwe said. “I didn’t have a good start to the season but I felt confident in this game and I was happy with how it went down.”
Before this game Ruwe had a 7.20 ERA but after the game it drops down to a 4.91 ERA.
Dusty Stroup got the Griffons on the board and scored the first of three two-out Missouri Western runs in the sixth with a solo home run.
“It felt good to get that first win,” Stroup said. “The guys were getting pumped up and it was a great feeling afterwards.”
Conrad McMahon, Fahd Shakeel and Brooks Day had two hits each. Stroup was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
In the last four games, Stroup has increased his average from .241 to .314 including three multi-hit games.
In game two, Missouri Western tried to put together another comeback win, but fell short losing 8-5.
Emporia scored first in the second inning while the Griffons scored first in the sixth.
A pitcher’s duel through the first five innings, Jacob Purl held Emporia State to two hits through the first five while ESU’s Ryan Lee matched Purl’s efforts.
The Hornets answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Down 5-1 in the seventh, Andrew Curry and Jordan Jackson hit back-to-back home runs to pull the Griffs within two.
With two out in the seventh, Wyatt Meyer pinch hit for Jibas and tied the game at five with a two-out, two-run homer to left center.
The Griffons got two into scoring position with one out in the eighth, but a pair of force outs left the runners on. McMahon went 3-for-5 and was the only Griff with more than one hit.
Emporia State added to its lead in the bottom of the eighth with the first three batters reaching and scoring two runs.
With the series tied 1-1, the Griffons failed to win the rubber match 11-3.
Castaneda dropped his second straight decision, allowing eight runs – six earned – on eight hits over 5 ? innings. The eight runs allowed were four less than Castaneda had allowed through is first eight starts of the season.
MWSU was charged with four errors in the game, the most for the team since Feb. 8 at Henderson State.
Coach Buzz Verduzco was not happy with how the team performed this weekend.
“The first game was exciting, but the games afterwards I was not proud of,” Verduzco said “Our bats need to do good if our pitchers don’t and the same goes to our pitchers.”
Griffons baseball now sits at 14-15 (11-10 MIAA) and is looking forward on the schedule to their next series against rival Northwest. Games are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 3 p.m.. 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.