Softball splits Lindenwood, 17-17 overall

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Gorilla softball team has lost five of its last seven games.
On Friday, March 28, Pitt State faced Northwest Missouri State for a doubleheader in Maryville, Mo. The Gorillas trailed 9-0 after the first two innings of game one. PSU scored three runs in the fourth, one coming from a solo home run by junior McKenzie Rynard. The other runs were scored off of a two-RBI single by sophomore Jordan Bradshaw.
The Gorillas added another run in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not catch up to the Bearcats, who won the game with a final score of 9-5.
Game two also failed to go in favor of Pitt State. The score was tied at two in the fifth inning, thanks to an RBI single by senior Tiffany Brown and an RBI double by Rynard. The Gorillas pulled ahead 5-3 in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Mitchell and a two-RBI double by freshman Nicole Nease. Sadly for Pitt State, Northwest player Taszia Roseberry hit a grand slam home run, putting the Bearcats ahead 7-5.
In the seventh inning, Brown hit a two-run home run tying the game again, this time 7-7.
The Bearcats, however, scored a walk-off home run from Stephanie Mark to come away with a 8-7 victory over the Gorillas.
PSU traveled to St. Joseph, Mo., for a doubleheader against Missouri Western on Saturday, March 29.
Game one went poorly for the Gorillas, with one run scored in the second inning on a solo home run by Rynard and one in the third on an RBI single by Brown.
Pitt State led 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, when Missouri Western scored two runs to take the lead. The Griffons would take the victory 3-2.
Game two for the Gorillas saw school records broken, starting with Brown hitting a three-run home run, giving PSU an early lead. Brown’s home run tied the school record for most home runs in a season and in a career.
Western responded with two runs of its own in the first. The score was 3-2 heading into the sixth, when Brown hit her second home run, adding three more points to the scoreboard. She now holds the singles season record with 19 home runs and the career record with 48 home runs.
Pitt State won the game against Missouri Western with a final score of 6-2.
Pitt State took on Lindenwood in a doubleheader at home on Tuesday, April 1. The doubleheader started well for the Gorillas with the score 1-0 at the beginning of the second inning. Junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit a two-RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. The Lions responded by adding one run to the scoreboard in the fourth, but the Gorillas answered right back in the fifth when Mitchell hit a two-run home run to extend the lead 5-1, which would be the final score of the game with the Gorillas walking away victoriously.
Pitt State got a strong pitching performance from sophomore Kylie Harpst, who pitched six innings and allowed just one run on two hits.
Game two of the doubleheader did not go as well for the Gorillas. Pitt State scored one run in the first inning, but couldn’t manage anything after that. Lindenwood scored one in the third, two in the fourth and four in the sixth to take a 7-1 victory.
The Gorillas are now 17-17 overall and 4-8 in MIAA play. Pitt State will host Emporia State for a doubleheader on Thursday, April 3. The Gorillas will be at home again for a doubleheader against Washburn on Saturday, April 5.

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