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Tiger baseball drops a pair of games

By The Hays Daily News

JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Fort Hays State University baseball team dropped the first two games of its MIAA series Thursday against Missouri Southern State University.

The Tigers fell 8-0 in Game 1, then 11-7 in the nightcap. The series was shifted from its scheduled Friday, Saturday, Sunday because of the weather forecast. The teams were scheduled to wrap up the series today with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Fort Hays fell to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA, while Southern remained unbeaten at 10-0, 6-0.

In Game 1, Southern contained the Tigers to just one hit, a Cooper Langley single in the second inning against Southern starter David Reese. Reese threw a complete game with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Steven Federau pitched all six innings for FHSU in taking the loss. He gave up all eight runs on 11 hits with two walks and a strikeout.

In Game 2, FHSU fell behind 7-1, then 11-2 before it attempted a late rally.

Horace Johnson gave the Tigers a brief 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning, but Southern scored four in its first.

FHSU plated two runs in the sixth on a two-RBI single by Alex King. Then FHSU scored three in the eighth -- two on a double by King and the third on a single by Langley.

FHSU starter Tyler Patty and reliever Ty Thomas each pitched four innings. King finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four driven in. The Tigers collected 13 hits.