Amelia Mallatt | Sports Writer
After tying the school record for consecutive wins, the Gorillas proceeded to lose five straight games before righting the ship with two wins over Newman University.
The Gorillas winning streak began with a dominating performance against Arkansas Tech. They swept both games on March 13, and it ended with a split against Missouri Southern on April 4. The streak tied the record set by the 1993 team at 15 consecutive wins.
The 15-game winning streak included three shortened games due to Gorilla blow-outs. The first was against Wisconsin-Parkside, which ended 14-3 in the fifth inning. The second came against Northwest Missouri, which ended 15-7 after six innings. The final came against Truman, which made it to the fifth inning before falling 10-2.
One of the key components of the streak was the home-run duo of Tiffany Brown and Manny DeCastro. Brown leads the team with 13 home runs and DeCastro is right behind her with 12.
DeCastro is working on a triple crown, which is earned by leading a team in home runs, RBIs and batting average. She is batting .453 with 12 homers and a team-high 43 RBIs. Brown is one RBI behind her with 42. Cheslyn Mitchell has shown she can also hit home runs, having belted six this season.
The ladies five-game losing streak started in the second game against Missouri Southern when Pitt lost by two, 8-6.
The four losses after that came at the hands of No. 17 Missouri Western and No. 21 Emporia State.
Mitchell had two home runs in the games against Missouri Western games but it wasn’t enough. The Gorillas actually led game two until the final inning when the Griffons came back to win 3-2. The offense in the first game, though, was nonexistent as the Gorillas had only three hits and four total base runners in the 5-0 loss.
Pitt fared even poorer against the Hornets, losing 11-3 and 12-4. In game one, the Hornets had 11 runs on 11 hits and two Pitt State errors, while Pitt had three runs on five hits and one error. Game two started better than game one as PSU scored first, taking a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by DeCastro in the bottom of the first.
The ladies finally ended the losing streak against the Newman Jets, sweeping a doubleheader, 3-1 and 10-6. Hilary Erbert pitched the first game and earned the win to bring her record to 11-10 on the season. Jessica Barnes earned the win in game two, improving her record to 6-4 on the year. She pitched the final 4.1 innings, giving up no runs on five hits while recording three strikeouts and only issuing one walk.
Pitt State will have more chances to get some wins this weekend when they return to the MIAA Conference this weekend with games at Southwest Baptist and at Central Missouri. The Gorillas will play the Bearcats on Friday, April 13 in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. and then they will venture to Warrensburg, Mo. to take on the Jennies at 1 p.m. on Saturday.