Pittsburg - The Pittsburg State University baseball team scored an unsually wild "walk off" victory over Washburn University Sunday (Mar. 23) at Al Ortolani Field. Andrew Kreiling raced home from third base for a 5-4 win when Maustin Otterstatter's fourth pitch in an intentional walk to Pitt State's Brad Foss sailed past catcher David Gauntt.
The Gorillas (12-13, 10-10 MIAA) took three of four games in the MIAA series from the Ichabods (10-12, 10-10 MIAA), but needed 13 innings to do so Sunday.
Pitt State grabbed an early 2-0 lead on Foss' two-run double in the third inning.
Matt Standlee, making his first start for the Gorillas, allowed just two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work, but he issued back-to-back walks to open the frame and Cole Gardner's two-run double forced the Gorillas to turn to reliever Aaron Snow. Payton Soicher beat out an infield hit and Parker Gibson followed with a two-out, two-run single to give the Ichabods a 4-2 lead.
Pitt State chipped away at the deficit. Kreiling walked and scored on Foss' RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to get within a run, at 4-3; and Derek Hackney doubled and scored on Cody Ball's RBI single in the seventh to knot the score.
Pitt State, which left 15 base runners in the game, stranded the bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings. Foss was thrown out by the left fielder, Soicher, trying to score on Luke Bordewick's base hit.
Tyler Thompson (4-3), the game one winner in Pitt State's 9-5 victory on Friday, worked three perfect innings of relief for the victory. He fanned six Ichabods. George Brandecker and Ryan McKay also combined for five innings of scoreless relief prior to Thompson entering the game in the 10th. Brandecker allowed two hits in the sixth inning – the last of WU's six hits in the contest. McKay walked one and struck out five in three innings of hitless relief.
Kreiling drew a leadoff walk to open the 13th inning against Otterstatter (2-2). Hackney was hit by pitch attempting to lay down a bunt and Aaron Boucher moved Kreiling and Boucher to second and third base with his third sacrifice of the game.
Foss, who had gone 3-for-5 with three RBIs, stepped up to the plate, and WU elected to intentionally walk him to load the bases. Otterstatter's first pitch to Foss came nearly crossed the plate and he progressively pitched further outside on his second and third deliveries before the fourth throw sailed past Gauntt to the backstop as Kreiling raced home for the win.
Pitt State will wrap up a 10-game homestand Tuesday (Mar. 25) with a non-conference game against Newman University beginning at 3 p.m. (CDT).
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