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Pitt State Opens MIAA Tourney vs. UNK Thursday



PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State University baseball team has earned the No. 4 seed for the 2018 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament, which runs May 10-13 at Warrensburg, Mo.

The Gorillas will meet fifth-seeded University of Nebraska-Kearney at 7:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday (May 10) at Crane Stadium/Tompkins Field on the campus of the host school, University of Central Missouri.
Single day tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and may be purchased at the gate on the day of the game. All-Tournament passes are $30 ($20 for students).

The contest will be broadcast live in the Four States on the Gorilla Sports Netowrk on the radio dial at 100.7 FM, 107.9 FM and 1340 AM. Veteran broadcaster Eddie Lomshek will call the action. Fans can hear ESPN 100.7's live broadcasts anywhere in the world on the internet at: www.espn1007.com/go. The game also can be heard through the ESPN 100.7 app for phones or mobile devices.

With a victory against the Lopers, the Gorillas will advance in the winner's bracket for a 7:30 p.m. match-up Friday (May 11) against the winner of No. 1 seed University of Central Oklahoma and No. 8 seed Northeastern State University. With a loss, Pitt State will drop into the loser's bracket and face an elimination game against the loser of the Bronchos and RiverHawks game at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

2018 MIAA Tournament Bracket
Thursday, May 10                                                                  Friday, May 11
Game 1 – No. 3 UCM (33-15, 24-12) vs. No. 6 MWSU (28-22, 20-16), 9 a.m.           Game 5 – Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2, 9 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 2 NWMSU (30-20, 25-11) vs. No. 7 ESU (29-20, 20-16), 12:30 p.m.      Game 6 – Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 1 UCO (33-17, 25-11) vs. No. 8 NSU (27-22, 18-18), 4 p.m.            Game 7 – Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 4 – No. 4 PSU (31-17, 23-13) vs. No. 5 UNK (28-22, 21-15), 7:30 p.m.         Game 8 – Winner game 3 vs. Winner game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12                                                                  Sunday, May 13
Game 9 – Loser game 7 vs. Winner game 5, 9 a.m.                                   Game 13 – Winner game 11 vs. Loser game 11 (if necessary), 9 a.m.
Game 11 – Winner game 8 vs. Winner game 9, 12:30 p.m.                             Game 14 – Winner game 12 vs. Loser game 12 (if necessary), 12:30 p.m.
Game 10 – Loser game 8 vs. Winner game 6, 4 p.m.                                  Game 15 – MIAA Championship, 4 p.m.
Game 12 – Winner game 7 vs. Winner game 10, 7:30 p.m.

The Record
Pitt State wrapped up the regular season with a 31-17 overall record and a 23-13 mark in MIAA play. The Gorillas eclipsed 30 wins for the first time since 2004.

Pitt State enters the MIAA Tournament on a modest two-game winning streak. The Gorillas took two of three games against Southwest Baptist University in the final regular season series May 4-5.

Pitt State is making its 10th trip to the MIAA Postseason Tournament - the first appearance in postseason play since 2013. The Gorillas have a 13-15 overall record in MIAA Tournament games. Pitt State posted a 5-0 record en route to claiming the 1999 MIAA Tournament title at Warrensburg, Mo.

Scouting the Gorillas
Pitt State is batting .339 as a team and scoring 8.1 runs per game heading into the MIAA Tournament. Defensively, the Gorillas have a .965 fielding percentage and a 5.05 team ERA. The Gorillas lead the MIAA in batting average and rank second in the conference in runs scored and fielding percentage.

Junior designated hitter Reece Garvie (.390) and senior shortstop Colton Pogue (.387) rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in the MIAA in batting average. Pogue leads the league in runs scored (56). He has a team-leading 15 doubles and nine home runs.

Pogue needs one run to break into Pitt State's top 10 list in single season runs and he needs one hit to break into the school's single season hits list.

Senior outfielder Andrew Vogelbaugh is Pitt State's career record holder for hits (220), home runs (46) and RBIs (178). He has played in 182 career games for the Gorillas. Vogelbaugh is batting .265 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 40 games played this season.

Senior LHP Cooper Gardner is tied for second place in PSU history with 17 career victories (with Jason Clemensen, 2002-03). He ranks fifth all-time at PSU with 173 career strikeouts, needing two more Ks to pass Daryl Cronk (1996-99) for fourth place (174). Gardner has a team-leading 7-2 record with a 3.00 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

Senior RHP Cody White ranks second all-time at PSU in single season saves with 10. He needs more move save to tie Derek Smith (11, 2004). White has a 2-1 record with a 3.10 ERA in 16 appearances.

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