Saturday at Oswald Field, Hesston College
In game one, the Larks got on the board with a second inning RBI to tie things at 1-1 after red shirt freshman catcher Drew Aldana (El Paso, Texas) led things off with a single.
The Beavers scored four runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead then Larks sophomore pitcher Jordan Gesling (Lennox, S.D.) pitched a quick 1-2-3 top of the fourth. Hesston tacked on a run in the fourth inning to make it 5-2, before Pratt tallied two runs each in the fifth and sixth inning to take a comfortable 9-2 lead. The Beavers notched four more runs in the final inning to go on to win 13-2.
Red shirt freshman pitcher Carter Hohn (Overland Park, Kan.) pitched a one hitter, but the Larks came up short in a 2-0 loss in the second game vs. the Beavers. Pratt scored in the third inning and again on a Larks error in the seventh. Hesston was unable to get the bats going and provide support for a strong pitching performance from Hohn.
Sunday at Pratt Community College
A 10-run fourth inning was enough for the Larks as they outlasted the Beavers 14-5 to take game one in Pratt.
Freshman pitcher Jacob Harris (El Paso, Texas) took the mound in game two Sunday. The Beavers scored a pair of runs in the second inning to go up 2-0. The Larks loaded the bases in the fourth inning but only plated one runner. They made up for it in the fifth inning scoring four runs to race ahead 5-2. Pitcher Dylan Schoknecht (Woodstock, Ga.) came on in the sixth to relieve Harris. The Beavers cut the lead to 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ben Van Diest put Pratt CC on top 6-5 with a 2-run home run to right field.
Hesston College went back in front benefiting from two Pratt errors to take a 7-6 lead in the top half of the seventh inning. Those runs proved to be the difference as the Larks swept the Sunday series and evened up the four-game weekend tilt with the Beavers.
“I was really proud of the way our guys responded after dropping two games at home,” Head Coach Kyle Howell commented. “Anytime you can win multiple games on the road it’s something you have to feel great about. I thought our rotation (Gesling, Hohn, Law, Harris) did a tremendous job putting out team in a position to win this weekend. We saw contributions from a ton of guys.”
The Larks improve to 7-9 overall and will have the week off before returning to Oswald field. Next – Saturday, February 25, double header vs. Southwestern Iowa community College. First pitch is set for noon.