The Fort Hays State University baseball team fell to the Central Missouri Mules Sunday, Feb. 17 at Larks Park.
The Tigers hosted the Mules for a double header on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, losing all three, 4-16, 7-17 and 0-10, moving to a 3-4 season with a 0-3 conference record.
Sunday’s game started off with two runs by the Mules and a scoreless inning for the Tigers, not getting one person on base.
Senior Robert VanCour, pitcher, hit one batter and walked another, helping the Mules to score their only point in the second inning. VanCour was then switched out for senior Jesse Hart. Hart walked one Mule and struck out another for the third out.
Fort Hays finished out the second inning with two on base, no runs.
The Mule’s only point in the third inning was scored by redshirt senior John Oropeza after junior Kevin Gratza’s hit was overthrown to home by the first baseman. After another hit and a walk, Hart struck out sophomore Trevor Jones for the third out.
In the bottom on the third inning, senior Sam Thornton walked and junior Clayton Garland hit to left field to put two people on base. With a score in sight, senior Chris Santoscoy hit to second giving the Mules a double out. A strikeout then ended the third inning, 0-4.
At the top of the fourth, the Mules started out strong with a homerun by senior Kyle Grieshaber. Freshman Jake Alexander went on to steal second and later score giving the Mules two runs in the fourth.
The Tigers started off strong at the bottom of the fourth with an almost homerun hit by senior Ryan Busboom, but it was caught in centerfield. The Tigers then got two batters on first base, but they never made it past first making another scoreless inning.
With the bases loaded by Central Mo., Fort Hays switched pitchers again to senior Kyle Leroy. Leroy started off strong, throwing out junior Samuel Dominigue at second after trying to steal third. After two hits, Leroy then struck out Grieshaber for the final out and a scoreless inning for the Mules.
Fort Hays had an equally tough inning after two players striking out and only putting one person on first.
The sixth inning started out with a Mule out at first and a walk, but a lack of communication between senior Shane Wade and junior Horace Johnson caused a pop-fly to drop. With two people on base, senior Chase Graskewicz hit to leftfield, giving ample time for two runs to come in for the Mules.
The Tigers started with an out at first and a hit to center by senior Tayler Davis. Davis was the only one to make it onto base for the Tigers in the sixth inning.
Central Mo. scored two in the seventh inning with a hit from Oropeza sending two Mules home. Fort Hays finished out the seventh inning with three consecutive outs and no runs.
The game was run-ruled in the seventh inning with a final score of 0-10.
The Tigers face MIAA opponent Washburn at 1:30 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Larks Park.