Missouri Western loses series finale at Pitt State; win streak ends at nine

riggertMissouriWesternPittsburg 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 —

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