M-State Spartans stayed in it until the end, but Vermillion Community College pulled away late in a 4-1 victory on Monday. The Spartans took an early lead when Brandon Hill drove in one when he singled in the first inning. Vermillion Community College knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the fifth inning with a sac fly by Dakota Schater. The game was tied at one with Vermillion Community College batting in the bottom of the sixth when Reid Clark doubled off of Alex Hexum, driving in three runs. Alex Hexum took the loss for M-State. He threw six innings, surrendering four runs, two hits, and striking out three. Brennan Theile started the game for Vermillion. He went five innings, giving up one run, five hits, striking out six, and walking zero. Hill led M-State Spartans with one run batted in. He went 2-for-2 on the day.
"Today was a tough loss," said Head Coach Cody Hughes. " After playing so well I really was hoping to bring that level of execution today. I thought we were content and not hungry enough and that starts with me. I think I need to do a better job of making sure that our team has a more consistent level of urgency throughout the game not just in the late innings. I know we will bounce back tomorrow and play the way we are capable"