Upset against ESU, 84-76

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State Gorilla men had finally ended its seven-game losing streak with a 84-76 victory against the Emporia State Hornets at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. “It feels good. We’re still alive: a wins a win, and we’ll take it,” Bullard said. Bullard led the scoring, finishing with 24 points, while junior Devon Branch had 19. For PSU (8-17, 4-14 in MIAA), the victory, coupled with Missouri Western’s loss to Central Missouri keeps the Gorillas’ hopes of playing in next week’s MIAA tournament alive. Pitt State is second-to-last behind Missouri Western, but if PSU wins on Saturday, March 1, and Western losses to Southwest Baptist, Pitt…

Split conference opener

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla baseball team played a four-game weekend series against Fort Hays State from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Pitt State’s first game did not go its way. The Gorillas started with a lead 3-1 after a three-run homer by senior Tory Stoffregen. Those were the only pointss PSU would get in the game. Fort Hays put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth, taking the victory of 6-3. Senior Tyler Thompson took the loss for the Gorillas, pitching five innings and two outs, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. Next up, a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 22. Pitt trailed 2-0 after…

Track athletes compete at Nebraska Tune-up

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Nebraska Tune-up Meet on Friday, Feb. 21, in Lincoln, Neb. It was the final preparation for the 2014 MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) indoor championships. In the men’s action, freshman Bo Farrow placed second in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Garrett Appier finished third in the discipline at 50-8.75, while junior Jeff Piepenbrink took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-9.5. Christian Sanderfer of Nebraska was first in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-1.50. Craig Driver of Nebraska was ahead of Piepenbrink with…

Off to a rocky start

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team played its home opener against Arkansas Tech on Feb. 22. Game one of the double-header went the Gorillas’ way. Arkansas Tech got things started with a three-run home run to jump out to a quick lead. Pitt State answered with two runs. The first run came on an RBI single by senior Tiffany Brown. The Gorillas got the second run when Freshman Kylie Guthier hit into a double-play. Pitt State trailed, 4-2, going into the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit an RBI triple,and sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI double to tie the game, 4-4. Sophomore Alex Perez hit…

81-75 overtime win

| Michael Bauer sports editor | It was deja’ vu for sophomore Cathy Brugman. She didn’t need to be reminded about what happened the last time she went to the free-throw line in the closing minutes against Emporia State. The meeting between the two nationally ranked teams on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at John Lance Arena took place in front of a boisterous crowd. The last time Brugman shot from the line against ESU, she missed two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, allowing the Hornets to win by two. This time, as fate would have it, Brugman walked to the charity stripe again with PSU trailing by two and five seconds left on the clock….

PSU track and field competes at OBU

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15. Freshman Connor Stark took first place in the 5,000 meters in 15 minutes, 55.91 seconds. He edged out Texas A&M-Commerce’s Fredrick Kipsang by one second. Junior Jordan Peters placed second in the 600-yard run, clocking in at 1:22.58. Allen Jywayne of Oklahoma Baptist was first in the 600 meters in a time of 1:22.57. The distance medley relay also placed second in 10:49.86. Junior Ryan Ramler finished in a time of 8.59 in 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Bryce Starks finished seventh in the 60 meters in 6.91. Senior Steven Mann…

Gorillas start the season strong

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team got its season off to a good start, going 4-2 in the Arkansas-Monticello Classic on Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, in Bentonville, Ark. PSU played two games each day, the first against Upper Iowa University. The Gorillas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Senior Brenna George scored on a throwing error and junior McKenzie Rynard had an RBI double. The Gorillas then added three more runs in the second and three on a three-run homer by Brown. She had six RBIs for the game. Sophomore Kylie Harpst pitched a complete game, allowing five earned runs and struck…

Basketball splits on road

Gorilla women win ninth straight, 63-46 Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State women extended their winning streak to nine with a 63-46 victory over Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Sophomore Cathy Brugman led the scoring with 13 points while junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 12, as did junior Antqunita Reed. “We told the girls before the game that we were going to play everybody, but we wanted to go in and out and I think we wore them out,” said Lane Lord, head coach in his post-game interview with KKOW 860 AM. “We just did a good job with the pressure.” PSU shot 25 of 57 on field goals…

Women defeat UCO by 20 points

| Michael Bauer sports editor | ctory over Central Oklahoma wasn’t as lopsided as the score indicated. At least not until the final eight minutes and 58 seconds. That’s when the Gorillas pulled away for good and avoided a scare from the Bronchos at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8. Playing UCO for the second time in less than a week, the Gorillas (17-6, 10-3 in conference) claimed a spot in the MIAA tournament with a powerful display in which they didn’t allow a single basket from the Bronchos in more than eight minutes. “That’s about as good as we can do defensively,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played four different defenses in…

Third straight loss

| Michael Bauer sports editor | Josh Gibbs and Carl Andrews led the Central Oklahoma Bronchos to an 80-72 victory over the PSU Gorilla men’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 8, at John Lance Arena. Andrews scored 15 points in the second half while Gibbs added 19 points and 11 rebounds. For the Gorillas, it was their third straight loss and the seventh of their last eight. Pitt State trailed by as much as 16 before quietly coming within 64-59 with four minutes remaining in the game. Junior Devon Branch scored 21 points and went 7-14 on field goals while going 7-10 on free throws. “We did a good job at the end of fighting…