Pittsburg State pitcher Matt Stalcup limited the No. 12 Missouri Western baseball team to four hits in seven innings of work and Pittsburg State snapped the Griffons nine-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Sunday at Al Ortolani Field. The Griffons drop to 27-5 overall and 21-2 in MIAA play.
Stalcup (4-2) walked two batters and registered nine strikeouts, before leaving the game after the seventh inning with a 4-0 lead. Ryan McKay got the final six outs to lock down the win for the Gorillas.
Pitt State scored a run in the first and two more in the second to grab an early 3-0 lead against the Western.
Ryan Bilovesky had an RBI single in the first inning, while Cody Ball belted a solo home run in the second and Evan Thomas drove in the third run with an infield hit.
Ball, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, added a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Missouri Western had five hits in the game with Spencer Shockley going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Ethan Ward got the loss going going 5.2 inning giving up 10 hits and four earned runs. He falls to 2-2 with the loss.
The win helped the Gorillas improve to 19-13 overall and 16-12 in MIAA play.
The Griffons return to action on Tuesday, April 9 with a double header in Kearney, Neb. against the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.
— MWSU Sports Information —