Season ends with split against UCM

Breaks MIAA Team HR Records

| Dakota Smith reporter |

The Pittsburg State softball team saw its season come to an end after a split against the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, April 26, in Warrensburg, Mo.
Before taking on the Jennies, the team first faced the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist in a doubleheader on Friday, April 25, in Bolivar, Mo.
The Gorillas got a good start in game one when junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit a solo home run in the top of the first. The Bearcats responded in the bottom half of the inning scoring twice, to take a 2-1 lead.
In the third inning PSU tied the game with an RBI single by Mitchell. SBU scored another two runs in the fourth, retaining the lead at 4-2. The Gorillas did not give up and thanks to Mitchell, scored twice on a homer by her. Mitchell’s turn at bat broke the MIAA single-season team record for home runs. Following Mitchell, the Gorillas got a two-RBI single from freshman Nicole Nease and took a 6-4 lead.
Pitt State held the lead against Southwest Baptist and took the victory.
Game two of the doubleheader saw the Bearcats take the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the first. The Gorillas got onto the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a solo home run by junior McKenzie Rynard.
Pitt State took the lead in the fifth after a two-RBI double by Mitchell. Southwest Baptist tied the game 3-3 in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, freshman Kylie Guthier hit a two-run home run and Mitchell had an RBI single to give the Gorillas a 6-3 lead. The Bearcats scored one run in the bottom half, but the Gorillas again took the victory 6-4.
Needing two wins in the doubleheader against Central Missouri, Pitt State headed to Warrensburg, Mo., on Saturday hoping to continue its season.
Game one saw the Gorillas scoring six runs in the second inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by senior Brenna George, a bases-clearing double by Mitchell, an RBI double by senior Tiffany Brown and an RBI single by Rynard.
The Jennies scored two in the bottom of the inning, making the score 6-2 with the Gorillas in the lead.
In the sixth, Pitt State scored one run on an error, making the score 8-3. The team won the game by that score.
In game two, the Gorillas got a run on a sacrifice fly by Brown in the top of the first. However, that would be the only run Pitt State would score for the entire game. Central Missouri scored two in the second, six in the third and one in the fourth. The Jennies won the game in five innings by a final score of 9-1, bringing the Gorillas’ season to an end.
PSU finished 30-24 overall and 12-14 in conference play.
Senior Tiffany Brown broke the school records for most home runs, most RBIs, most runs scored and slugging percentage in a single season. She led Division II in home runs and finished her career with the most home runs in school history, 56, and tied the school record for RBIs in a career with 171.
Junior McKenzie Rynard led the MIAA in batting average, hitting .436 and finishing third in home runs with 17.
Senior Brenna George finished her career with the most stolen bases in school history with 74.

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