PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University's George Brandecker fired a one-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday (Apr. 24), but Missouri Southern State University countered with a 6-4 victory over the Gorillas in the nightcap to force a split in the twinbill.
Brandecker (5-3) faced one batter over the minimum in the seven-inning victory for Pitt State (24-20, 20-18 MIAA). The Gorillas scored twice in the first inning for a quick 2-0 lead and never looked back in the contest. Ryan Ventura opened the frame with his third home run of the season. Tory Stoffregen followed with a double and scored on Brad Foss' single.
Brandecker kept MSSU (28-17, 22-15 MIAA) at bay, allowing just a two-out single by Shaun Hoover in the third inning and fanning five Lion batters to lower his season ERA to 2.53.
In the nightcap, Southern jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, The Lions plated two runs in the first and four more in the second to chase PSU starter Eric Hansen. Five relievers combined to shut out MSSU over the final seven innings though, allowing the Gorillas to chip away at the lead.
Pitt State got a run in the third, two runs in the seventh and a final run in the eighth inning.
Drew Noble limited the Gorillas to two hits over 6 1/3 innings, while Brett Abell overcame five walks to record the final eight outs for the save.
The Gorillas will wrap up the regular season with a three-game MIAA weekend series against Northwest Missouri State University. The Gorillas and Bearcats will play a doubleheader at Al Ortolani Field beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday then wrap up the series with a final game at 1 p.m. Sunday.