Braving the cold

Brown, Gorillas fall in chilly double-header Garett McCullough Sports Writer It was another cold evening when the Gorillas hosted a double-header against Missouri Southern’s softball team Wednesday, but even the frigid wind couldn’t ice the pitchers for either team. Pitt State was 9-28 overall and 2-11 in the conference heading into the matchup, while the Lions had posted a few more wins with a 23-17 overall record and a 6-5 conference record. The records would not be a good indicator as both games were hard fought by each team. Pitt State dropped both games, the first by a score of 1-0 and the second 5-1. The first game went a full eight innings before the…

Softball struggles: not a cause for concern

Jake FaberCollegio Reporter When the Pittsburg State athletics department announced the hiring of Annette Hunt-Shepherd late last June, the Gorillas’ softball team became a giant mound of Play-Doh, metaphorically speaking. Like Play-Doh, a talented roster is useless unless someone has the capable hands that are able mold it into something that can be used to. Fast forward about 10 months and the Gorillas are struggling. With only two conference wins so far this season and a 9-25 overall record, this year may look like a failure in the eyes of a fan. But the thing that their record doesn’t show is that Annette Hunt-Shepherd, who in her first year at a Division II college, has…

Continuing the winning ways

Tyler Smith Sports Writer The Pitt State men’s outdoor track and field team earned four individual event wins in the third annual Gorilla Classic on Saturday, April 16. Ethan Hobbs won the pole vault competition after clearing 15 feet, 7 inches. Hobbs earned a provisional qualifying mark to nationals with the victory. “I qualified for nationals my very first outdoor meet,” Hobbs said. “I haven’t had all the stress of trying to clear the bar to get in, so I’ve just been able to focus on winning.” Cody Holland won the shot put title with a throw of 49-2.5 while Ethan Silovsky turned in a personal-best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of nine…

Stuck in the rough:

Gorillas finish 9th at MIAA Championships Tyler Smith Sports Writer The PSU golf team finished ninth in the 2011 MIAA Championships on Monday, April 18. The Gorillas were led by freshman Brett Dowell, who shot identical rounds of 78 at Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. His total score of 156 put him in a tie for the 16th overall spot heading into Tuesday’s meet. “After the first day I was pretty happy with my performance,” Dowell said. “I had a few high numbers on a few holes, but other than those I played well.”Dowell says that the team just needs to be more consistent. “We just need to play better overall in…

Above and beyond

PSU track athletes break records, take second place Tyler Smith Sports Writer The women’s track and field team came in a close second place, just behind fellow MIAA team Fort Hays State while having three athletes break school records. PSU scored 148 points while the Tigers finished with 152. Senior Gretchen Clark had a career-best performance that saw her not only perform her best jump, but was enough to top the school record as well. Clark is now guaranteed a spot in the NCAA-II Outdoor National Championships after clearing 5 feet, 9.75 inches, beating out the old record of 5 feet, 8.75 inches set by Kiley Lund in 2007. “She came in at the bar…

Gorillas get ripped in Lions’ den

Fall 9-3 and 6-1 Jake Faber Sports Editor & Michael Admire Sports Writer After winning three straight games and bringing their record to .500 just a few weeks ago, the Gorillas baseball team stumbled on Tuesday night, falling 9-3 and 6-1 in a double header against Missouri Southern. The losses moved the Gorillas into a tie for 10th place in the conference, with Southwest Baptist being the only team to trail them, with a 5-21 MIAA record. Southern, which currently sits two spots above Pitt State in the MIAA with a 12-16 record, didn’t have any trouble getting hits off of the Gorillas’ pitchers. Junior transfer Caleb Gress took the mound for the Gorillas in…

On the road again

Softball team heads to MIAA Crossover Garett McCullough Sports Writer Pitt State’s softball team will head to Kirksville, Mo., this weekend for the second MIAA Crossover Invitational of the season, where the Gorillas will get to face three new conference opponents. Emporia State, Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist are all on Pitt State’s schedule this weekend at the crossover, where they will also get the chance to redeem themselves against Missouri Southern and Lincoln, against which the Gorillas are a combined, 0-3. “The only challenge I see is us being more aggressive on offense in the first couple of innings,” said freshman infielder Breanna McCracken. The Gorillas’ first game will be played at noon Friday…

Setting the bar high

  The Pittsburg State Track and Field teams racked up 20 individual victories last Saturday, April 2 at the Wendy’s PSU Invitational, Saturday. Thirteen of the finishers came on the women’s side, where Gretchen Clark led the way with a personal best in the high jump, qualifying for nationals. Larissa Richards and Heidi Smith placed first and second in the shot put competition, respectively and Smith also went on the earn the top spot in the women’s hammer throw. The men’s also scored seven victories led by Zach Simpson, who placed first in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. The Gorillas are at home this weekend to host the PSU Triangular against Fort Hayes State…

MIAA will be saved by expansion

Jake Faber Sports Editor After performing one of the best cut-and-run acts in recent history, which included the dropping of their football and wrestling programs, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks will make the transition into Division-I’s Summit League–at the cost of every other member in the MIAA. The Gorillas, along with the rest of the teams in the conference, are now left with giant gaps in their football schedules over the next two years, and the worst part about this is that we probably should have seen it coming. And it looks like we did. Since Division-II sports rarely grace the airwaves of ESPN, and the MIAA’s happenings aren’t well known around campus, I will…

Softball struggles

Garett McCullough Sports Writer After a winless four-game home stand to begin April, the Gorillas softball team was able to win one game on its three-game road-trip this past week. After two losses each to Northwest Missouri and Nebraska-Omaha last weekend, Pitt State took the first game of two against Newman in convincing fashion on April 4. They ended their road trip in a loss to Missouri Southern the next day. Pitt State had the task of opening the month of April against the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, who led the conference in wins with a current record of 8-2. The first game stayed tied at 1-1 into the top of the 10th inning when…