(Photo gallery by Kevin Smith)
Saturday, Feb. 27, the Webster University baseball team faced off against Concordia University and Buena Vista University in their home opener at GCS Ballpark.
The Gorloks started junior Matt Goro in their first game. Goro pitched 10 innings, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts and one walk.
After giving up a solo home run in the eighth inning, the game went into extra innings.
Junior Trey Tigart came in relief for Goro and pitched three shutout innings until the fourteenth inning. A bases loaded walk allowed Keegan Tyrell to score. That run was the difference in the game.
The final score was 3-2, Tigart received the loss. Catcher Adam Naliwajko hit his first home run on the season. Junior Zach Bishop also batted in a run.
Graduate student Jack Bensinger got the start for the Gorloks against Buena Vista. Bensinger allowed one run in the first, before pitching five straight shutout innings. He ended the night with 12 strikeouts, with five hits and two runs allowed in nine innings.
Bensinger only pitched five innings the whole 2015 season.
The offense couldn’t back him up though, collecting five hits of their own.
The Gorloks had two runners on,and only one out in the seventh inning before Kyle Uhrich hit into an inning ending double play.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Gorloks had one final chance to put a run up on the board. They had the bases loaded with two outs, but Uhrich struck out to end the game.
Webster falls to 2-3 on the young season with the two losses Saturday.