The Pittsburg State University baseball team will travel to St. Charles, Mo., to take on Lindenwood University in a four-game MIAA series. The series will begin Friday (Mar. 28) with a single game at 4 p.m. (CDT) at the Lou Brock Sports Complex. The Gorillas and Lions will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday (Mar. 29) and close out the series with a final game at 12 Noon Sunday (Mar. 30).
The Gorillas (13-13, 10-10 MIAA) enter the game after winning eight of their last 10 contests. Pitt State took three of four games against MIAA rival Washburn University last weekend, including a 5-4 13-inning decision in the series finale Sunday. In its most recent action, Pitt State defeated Newman, 17-3, Tuesday (Mar. 25).
The Lions enter the series at 10-17 overall and 7-9 in MIAA play. Lindenwood dropped a twinbill to Quincy Wednesday, falling by scores of 5-2 and 6-5. The Lions dropped three of four in their most recent MIAA action against Southwest Baptist.
The Gorillas are batting .298 and scoring 5.5 runs per game. PSU has a 5.86 team ERA. Senior outfielder Cody Ball leads the team offensively with a .375 batting average. He has 21 runs scored, four home runs and 24 RBIs, all team highs. The Shawnee, Kan. native ranks seventh in in the conference in RBIs, eighth in slugging percentage (.623) and fourteenth in batting average.
Freshman Cort Lesmeister (3-1) leads the Gorilla starters with a 4.13 ERA. The Raymore, Mo. native has notched 15 strikeouts to five walks in 28.3 innings of work. Tyler Thompson (4-3), last week's MIAA Pitcher of the Week, has a 4.31 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 39.7 innings pitched. Thompson currently ranks second in the league in innings pitched and third in strikeouts and wins. Ryan McKay (1-1) leads PSU with five saves. The Wichita, Kan., native has notched a 1.86 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 19.3 innings. He currently ranks second in the league in ERA and saves.
The Lions are batting .283 as a team and scoring 5.8 runs per game. Lindenwood has a 5.80 team ERA. LWU has three players currently batting over .300, led by senior first baseman Mike Failoni. The Edwardsville, Ill., native is batting .386 while also leading the team with three triples, four homers and 22 RBIs. Failoni ranks fifth in the MIAA in on base percentage (.513), seventh in slugging percentage (.624) and 15th in batting average.
Dylan Terell (2-3, 3.94 ERA), Austin Klein (3-1, 5.02 ERA), Zac Pearman (2-3, 5.50 ERA) and Brendan Kleekamp (2-2, 6.66 ERA) are the anticipated starters for the weekend series. Klein ranks second in the league with 39 strikeouts, while Terrell is 10th with 31.
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