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 out four in the 9-5 victory.
Facing Minnesota State-Mankato, the game was tied at one before Brown hit her third home run of the day, leaving the score at 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Pitt State managed two runs with an error and a wild pitch. However, the Gorillas lost the game with a final score of 6-4.
Against Minnesota-Duluth, freshman Nicole Nease put Pitt up on the scoreboard with a two-run home run in the second inning. Minnesota-Duluth had a 3-2 lead before sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI single to tie it at three.
The Gorillas went on to win 4-3 after a home run.
In the second game of the day against Harding, Pitt State trailed 2-1 in the third inning when Rynard hit a two-run home run, giving the Gorillas the lead and the 6-2 win.
On Sunday, PSU faced Rockhurst in the Gorillas’ first game of the day. Pitt State scored its only run on an RBI-double by Rynard in the first inning. Rockhurst scored three in the first and one in the sixth, leaving PSU with its second loss of the Classic with a score of 4-1.
In the final game, against William Jewel, Pitt State trailed 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Bradshaw had an RBI single followed by another score on a wild pitch, leaving the Gorillas to lead 6-5 and the eventual victory. Grove got the win, pitching four innings and allowing three runs.
The Gorilla baseball team began its season on Feb. 14 at Oklahoma Christian, losing 9-4 before facing them again the next day.
In the first game the Eagles jumped ahead 3-0 and didn’t look back, winning 8-1.
Pitt State’s bats finally came alive in the second game. The bases were loaded at the top of the third. Cody Ball was hit by a pitch, and Derek Hackney scored on the play. Senior Kyle Dickens then hit a grand slam, putting the Gorillas up 5-0.
PSU will face Fort Hays State in Hays on Friday, Feb. 21.