By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs baseball team opened a seven-game road trip over the weekend.
It started with a three-game series against the Illinois State Redbirds Friday, March 18.
The Govs dropped two of the three games in the series, 6-2, 3-2 and 9-2.
Game 1, Govs lose 2-6
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In game one, the Govs (9-9) got on the board first with a home run from freshman catcher P.J. Torres in the third inning.
But Illinois State (13-6) scored the next six runs with two in the fourth and the remaining in a big eighth inning.
The Govs tried to rally in the ninth.
It started when freshman second baseman Jordan Hankins got on base on a single.
Freshman right fielder Rolando Gautier singled up the middle and moved Hankins to third.
Next, sophomore shortstop Reed Harper singled into right field, bringing home Hankins.
Hankins led the way with his 2-for-4 efforts.
He also reached safely for the 16th straight game.
Gautier expanded his hitting streak to 15 games, going 1-for-4.
Senior left-handed starter Jack Snodgrass (0-2) was tagged with the loss on seven innings of work.
He allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out four.
Game 2, Govs win 3-2
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Game two was the first in a double-header on Saturday, March 19.
The Govs were able to pull out a 3-2 victory behind a great pitching performance by junior lefty Jeremy Dobbs.
Dobbs (4-0) struck out 11 Redbirds in 6.2 innings.
He allowed only two runs (one earned).
Held at bay by Dobbs, Illinois State scored one run in the fifth and seventh innings.
Gautier singled in the third, extending his hit streak to 15 games. He finished 1-for-3.
Game 3, Govs lose 2-9
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In the series finale, the Govs struggled to turn their seven hits into runs.
Meanwhile, the Redbirds lit up Govs sophomore lefty starter Zach Toney to get the 9-2 win.
Toney (1-2) gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits.
He also struck out five and walked three.
The Govs scored one run in the third inning.
Gautier went 1-for-4, extending his hit streak to 17 games.
The Govs open the Ohio Valley Conference regular season Saturday, March 26, against Murray State. TAS