Northwest baseball gets shutout in series opener at Pitt State

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PITTSBURG, Kansas – The Pittsburg State University Gorillas shut out the Northwest Missouri State University baseball team in game one of a three-game set Friday, 10-0.

The Gorillas put up a three-spot in the first off Bearcat starter Max Spitzmiller. The Gorillas tallied four hits, including a pair of run scoring doubles, in the three-run first.

The Gorillas added three more in the fourth in four more hits to increase the lead to 6-0. Northwest had a scoring opportunity in the fifth when Michael Gastner doubled and Calvin Rudolph followed with a walk. However, Derek Hussey grounded into a fielder’s choice, third to second, and Logan Rycraft grounded out to the pitcher to end the scoring threat.

Pitt State put two runners on with two outs in the fifth to chase Spitzmiller and Jarret Cronin induced a liner to left for the third out to escape any more damage.

Peter Carlson singled to lead off the sixth and Alixon Herrera singled with two out. But a Connor Quick ground out to second ended the inning with the Bearcats trailing, 6-0.

Pitt State added two runs in the second and two more in the eighth to close out 10-0 contest.

Pittsburg State improves to 11-9 overall and 6-4 in the MIAA, while Northwest drops to 9-11 overall and 5-5 in league action.

NOTES: Peter Carlson and Matt Gastner each tallied two hits in the game … Max Spitzmiller went 4 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and six runs while striking out three.

— Northwest Athletics —