Women sweep Newman and Drury
Brown breaks single season MIAA HR Record
| Dakota Smith reporter |
The Pitt State softball team has won its last five games and currently sits 27-23 overall and 9-13 in MIAA play.
Pitt State took on Drury University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16. In game one senior Tiffany Brown hit a two-run home run. This was her 24th of the season, which broke the MIAA single-season record.
Junior McKenzie Rynard followed with a solo home run of her own. Junior Avery Beard and freshman Kylie Guthier hit RBI singles to give the Gorillas a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Alex Perez hit a home run in the third to give Pitt State a 6-0 lead. The Gorillas then scored two in the fourth on solo home runs by junior Cheslyn Mitchell and Brown.
The Panthers added one in the fifth to make the score 8-2. However the game ended in the sixth inning, due to the run rule, when Guthier hit a three-run homer to give the Gorillas 11-2 win.
In game two, the Gorillas scored three runs in the first inning.
Rynard had a RBI single and freshman Nicole Nease hit a two-run home run.
Pitt State added four more to the scoreboard in the second inning. The first of those four came on a fielding error. Mitchell then hit a RBI single and Nease drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring one. The last run of the inning came when Alex Perez hit into a fielder’s choice.
Pitt State scored two in the third inning on a two-run homer by Mitchell. In the fourth inning, Pitt State added another five runs. The game would end in the fifth by a final of 14-0.
Junior Samantha Grove pitched a complete game shutout allowing just two hits.
On Tuesday, April 15, Pitt State took on Newman University.
In game one, the Gorillas jumped ahead with a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
In the third inning, Beard hit a two-run home run and Mitchell had an RBI single to make the score 7-0.
Rynard hit a two-run home run in the fifth ending the game because of the run rule.
In game two, Mitchell started the scoring for the Gorillas in the bottom of the first with a RBI double. She was followed by an RBI single from Rynard and a three-run homer by Nease.
PSU scored two more runs by a homer from Beard, making the score 7-0. The game ended in the fifth inning again with a final score of 8-0.
On Saturday, April 12, Pitt State faced Fort Hays State.
In game one the Gorillas took a 3-0 lead thanks to a three-run homer by Nease. This was the 60th home run of the season for the Gorillas as a team and broke the school record.
Going into the third inning the game was tied at three when sophomore Kylie Harpst hit an RBI double and would later score on a wild pitch to give the Gorillas a 5-3 lead. However, the Tigers tied the game at five in the fifth, and the game proceeded into extra innings.
Ft. Hays scored one run at the top of the ninth and took the win.
In game two, Pitt State scored one run in the bottom of the first inning on an error.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, but in the bottom of the inning Mitchell came up with bases loaded and hit a double. Rynard then hit a RBI single to make the score 5-2.
The Gorillas scored six runs in the third and the game would end in five innings with a Gorilla victory and final score of 11-3.
On Friday, April 11, Pitt State faced Nebraska-Kearney. In game one the Gorillas scored eight runs in the fourth inning. The game ended in five.
Game two saw PSU trailing by two after the first inning. Nebraska-Kearney scored two runs in the seventh and held the Gorillas to one run, in the bottom half of the inning. The Lopers defeated the Gorillas with a final score of 6-5.
Pitt State will travel to Bolivar,Mo., to take on Southwest Baptist on Monday, April 25.