Manhattan is a place that the Blackbirds are comfortable in…..Kansas that is! We just completed a great series against Big 12 opponent Kansas State with a 6-5 win on Sunday.
After a sluggish start on Friday, we played three outstanding baseball games with the Cats. Saturday in Game 2 of the series Sophomore LHP Matt McCormick carried a no hitter into the 7th inning for the Blackbirds. The final score was a tough 3-0 loss for us but it showed our team that we could beat KSU. In game 3 Sophomore pitcher Justin Topa pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 run and Evan Zerff came in to earn the save in a 4-2 win for the Blackbirds. Sunday in the series finale, the Blackbirds jumped out on KSU 5-0 after 4 innings and persevered through a strong comeback bid by the Cats to win 6-5. Sophomore Chris Franzese went 4 strong to start the game And the Blackbirds bullpen pieced together the next five innings withEvan Zerff getting his second save of the weekend with two scoreless innings of relief.
Offensively, Junior catcher Tyler Jones, Junior SS Drew Walsh, Freshman Peter Leonello, Freshman Matthew Molbury and Junior Derek Stupski had clutch hits in the two wins.
We will be flying out of Kansas City this morning to Orlando, FL for a week of games and practice at the Russ Matt Baseball Tournament. The guys are looking forward to continuing our strong play as we prepare for the Northeast Conference opener two weeks from now.