In a complete turnaround from the prior games of the series, the Pride came out Sunday looking like the team that came into the weekend 11-1. Solid defense, good pitching, and situational hitting would lead to two victories on Sunday 13-5 & 4-2.
Ryan Knisley would take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 1st only to see it vanish on back-to-back homeruns. After that Knisley would pitch great before getting into trouble in the 5th. The Pride built up a 5-2 lead when the Pioneers would get three straight hits to cut the lead to 5-4. A sacrifice bunt would move the tying run to 3rd base and Knisley would give the ball up to Jordan Russell. Russell would strike the next batter out and get a groundball back to him to end the threat. The Tartan offense will erupt for 8 runs in the next two innings putting the game away. Top Offensive Performers: John Lydic 3-4 4RS HR 4RBI's, Trace Fowler 2-3 4RBI's.
In the final game of the long five game series the Pride would turn to Jacob Robinson. Making his first collegiate start Robinson threw very well. Like Knisley he would also get into a little trouble in the 5th inning while the Pride were up 4-2. After walking the first two hitter Robinson would stay into face the cleanup hitter and he would get him to pop-up on the curveball. Zach Botjer would come into the game for Robinson and would give up a single but bad base running would help the Pride get out of the inning unharmed. Botjer would pitch a scoreless 6th and 7th to record his third save of the year. Top Offensive Performers: Clay Ragland 2-4 SB RBI, Dan Marsh 2-3, Nate Kautz 2-4 RBI.
Next up for the Pride will be a one nine inning contest with former OCCAC member Clark State. Game time will be 4:00 at Howell Field on Tuesday.