Tartans Rebound from First Game Collapse to Split with #12 Owens



Tyler Hoisington led the Pride in game two with two hits and three RBIs.

After rain all night and most of the day, game one started on time at 3:30 p.m. Billy Kitchen took the mound for the Pride in his first start in two years and ran into trouble early. In the third, a walk loaded the bases with two outs and a groundball up the middle appeared to end the inning with a force at second base. However, the call was made that Hoisington did not touch the bag coming across therefore the Express scored on the play and the inning continued. In the fourth inning, Kitchen recorded the first two outs and had a full count on the hitter before walking him on a pitch that looked very good. The Express took advantage of the walk and knocked out four straight singles to take the lead 6-2. After the fourth it was all Owens as Pride reliever Jordan Russell couldn't keep it close. Total, the Express had 13 hits in the game and won 13-2. This is the second time in as many games that the Pride have been run ruled and the first time they have been beaten at home this season.

In game two the Tartans needed a stop and Freshmen Jacob Robinson (4-0) gave them just that. Despite four walks, Robinson pounded the strike zone and pitched to contact. He left the game after five innings with a 4-2 lead and only allowed one hit. Ryan West followed with two scoreless innings to record his first save of the season and give the Pride the 6-2 win. Top Offensive Performers: Taylor Hoisington 2-3 3B 3 RBIs, Clay Ragland 2-4 2B RBI, Blaine Reese 2-3 RBI.

With the win the Pride improve to 22-9 on the season and 4-2 in the OCCAC. Next up for the Pride is a one nine inning game tomorrow against Vincennes University. The game has been switched to a single nine and moved to AIA due to weather. Zach Botjer will get the start on the mound for the Pride.