After dropping the first 3 games of a 4-game series to Barton County, the Pratt Community College baseball team was badly in need of a win as they again took on the Cougars Wednesday afternoon at Stanion Field. They got exactly that, abusing the Bartons in run-rule fashion 10-0 to somewhat assuage the frustrations from earlier in the rescheduled series.
Sophomore southpaw Colton Lorance pitched a gem for the Beavers, going the distance in the game that was scheduled for 9, but abbreviated to 7 innings via the run-rule. Pitching to contact and aided by a competent defensive effort from the Beavers, Lorance tossed only 72 pitches over 7 innings for an extremely efficient outing.
The Beaver offense put up a run in the second inning, Garrett White driving in Jordan Jones with a sac fly. In the third inning, PCC plated 6 runs on only one hit, a Jared Lupo two-run double. The rest of the damage was caused by an error, three walks, and three HBP as Cougar generosity aided the Beavers in going up 7-0.
In the sixth, Lupo reached via the BB. Then a triple by Gaige Webster, a double from DH Trey Trahan and a single off the bat of Justin Crouch put PCC up 10-0.
Lorance would brush the Cougars aside in the top of 7 to preserve the 10-0 run-rule victory.
At 5-8 (3-5 conference), Pratt goes on a road trip, playing at Brown Mackie on Thursday (4 p.m.) and at Garden City on Saturday (1 p.m.)