Buried by Bearcats
Trent Johnson | reporter
The Pittsburg State softball team is looking to bounce back after a rough 0-4 weekend.
On the afternoon of Friday, March 29, the Gorillas hosted the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in a double header that produced just 11 runs in the two games between both teams.
In game one, the Gorillas broke a tie, 0-0, in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two unearned runs after an error by Bearcats pitcher Jenna Creger.
The score remained 2-0 until the Bearcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Northwest Missouri State third baseman Kristin Uthe hit a two-run homerun to tie the game, 2-2.
Later in the inning, Rachael Schmitz gave the Bearcats a lead, 2-3, on an infield single. Two of the three runs were unearned. The Gorillas would fail to score in the bottom half of the seventh after having runners on first and second base with only one out.
Kyndel Shelburn (6-4) took the loss for the Gorillas, although she pitched all seven innings, struck out 11 Bearcats, and allowed only one earned run.
Game two played out similarly to game one.
Northwest Missouri State scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning. Pittsburg State waited until the bottom of the sixth inning to strike back, scoring two runs on a McKenzie Rynard double, making the score 2-2.
It was again the Bearcats’ heroics in the top of the seventh inning to notch another victory. Back-to-back singles by Candace Miller and Hailee Hendricks plated two runs for the Bearcats. The Gorillas couldn’t put anybody on base in the bottom half of the inning and lost the game, 2-4.
Saturday, March 30, saw the Gorillas try to rebound from the two tough losses. The Missouri Western State Griffons (23-8, 7-2 MIAA) came to visit the PSU Softball Complex.
Much like the previous day, both games of the double header were pitchers’ duels.
Game one took more than four innings for either team to find the score board. The Griffons scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a lead, 0-2.
Pittsburg State scored their lone run of the game on a Kreslee Ketcham solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning, making the score 1-2.
Missouri Western tacked on a solo homerun and shut the door on the Gorillas in the bottom half of the seventh to win the game, 1-3. Jackie Bishop (12-3) notched the win for the Griffons, pitching seven innings and striking out 10 Gorillas.
Game two of the double header was the most offensively exciting game of the weekend, all runs being scored by way of the long ball. The Griffons opened up scoring off a Tiffany Gillaspy