The weekend harbored good baseball weather for the most part. No rain, no snow and it wasn’t that cold at game time. Opening day at the Spring Sports Complex wasn’t so nice with a 8-5 loss.
It was the final three innings of the game where the RBIs stopped flowing in for the Griffons as they stranded seven batters on base.
Junior Jake Gilbert got the loss in this game, letting up four runs in the final two innings.
Game two was clinical for Minot State, winning 10-0.
The Griffons tallied no hits on the day and had three errors in the field. The only baserunners were from two walks and a hit batter. Sophomore Talbott Buford came in for relief and he pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out five.
Game three was another shutout against the Griffons, as they lost 11-0. This time they managed four hits while tallying another two errors in the field.
Both errors happened in Minot State’s seven-run first inning. Senior Roy Robles took the loss in this game, only pitching the first inning that saw Minot take their early 7-0 lead. Freshman Carson Aycock pitched four innings in relief, letting up seven hits, three runs and striking out four. Overall the Griffons pitching staff tallied seven strikeouts in the game.
Missouri Western took their first win of the series in the finale, winning 12-7.
Pitching once again struggled, but the bats awoke in the final game of the series. Griffon batters hit a combined 14 hits, including two hits and four RBIs by Meier, two hits by senior Nolan Meyer, two hits by junior Reid Briney and four hits by junior Alex Crouch.
Junior Jack Schmedding (2-0) got the win in this game, pitching six innings letting up only one unearned run and striking out six batters. Senior Jacob Cooper got the start, but could only get through the third, letting up six earned runs on eight hits.
This series dropped Griffon Baseball’s overall record to 4-11 on the season. Next weekend, the team will travel to Topeka, Kansas to face off against Washburn (8-8).