Southeast Baseball Gets Huge Road Win at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kansas. (April 22, 2003) - Brian Hopkins hit his 10th home run of the year as Ryan Forsyth got his third victory and the Southeast Missouri State Indian baseball team defeated the Wildcats of Kansas State University today in Manhattan, 9-5. Southeast moves to 20-13 while KSU falls to 12-26.
Southeast got on the board first in the top of the first as left fielder Brian Hopkins doubled down the left field line. He moved over to third as Justin Christian reached on an error by the third baseman. Shortstop Zach Borowiak then flied to the warning track in center and sacrificed home Hopkins for the early 1-0 lead.
KSU got a run back in the second as Tim Doty singled to start the inning. He moved up to second on another single to right field that was wind blown out of the reach of right fielder Aaron Fangman. Both runners tried to move up on stolen bases but catcher Tristen McDonald cut down the runner at second. Doty eventually scored as Brent Williams hit a deep fly to right to sacrifice the runner home.
Southeast got another two runs in the third Denver Stuckey led off with a double to left center. Hopkins reached on an infield single and Stuckey moved up when the first baseman dropped the ball. Christian then singled home Stuckey and McDonald grounded to the hole and drove in Hopkins and give the Tribe a big 3-1 lead after three.
Doty scored again for the Wildcats in the fourth. He doubled to start the inning. He moved over to third on a wild pitch and was singled home by Williams for his second RBI of the day. The score after four was Southeast 3, KSU, 2.
Southeast got another run in the fifth as Christian doubled to lead things off. He then moved up on a wild pitch and McDonald got another RBI groundout to score Christian and give the Tribe a 4-2 lead.
Southeast had it's biggest inning in the sixth as Gilbert walked to lead things off. Fangman then singled to right field. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Hopkins then blasted a pitch over the trees in left center for his tenth long ball of the season. The Tribe would get two more in the eighth and KSU got a late homer, but Tim Alvarez and Jim Beever shut the Cats down over the stretch and Southeast cruised to the 9-5 win.
Forsyth moved to 3-0 with the win and Hopkins was 3-4 on the day. Hopkins had a homer and was a triple shy of the cycle with four runs scored and three RBI. Christian and Gilbert each had two hits and Borowiak and McDonald each had two RBI.
Southeast and the Wildcats will match up tomorrow at 3 p.m.