Robertson sets PSU record in strikeouts

| Cameron Molina reporter | A mere two games remained in the regular season for the Pittsburg State softball team. Each matchup intertwined with the Gorillas’ postseason hopes, as the team took to the mound against the University of Central Oklahoma. Sunday, April 26, marked the first time these teams have played each other in over a year. Last outing, UCO swept PSU. But the Gorillas had other plans this year. Game one started off quietly, with neither team scoring in the first inning. In the second inning, freshman pitcher Emmie Robertson (23-8), earned her 202nd strikeout of the season, shattering former Gorilla Michelle Martinex’s 2002 record. Robertson was also named the MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of…

Track runs at Drake Relays, MSSU

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s and women’s track teams took first place in four events during the Missouri Southern Laptad Invitational meet this past weekend, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. Both teams also sent athletes to the 105th Drake Relays, one of the top track and field events in the country. Pitt State’s 4×100-meter men’s relay team of junior Andre Sanders, freshman Slade Nordic, senior Jason Crow and sophomore Bryce Starks took the silver at the Drake Relays with a time of 40.40 seconds. The men’s 4×800 relay finished in fifth. At MSSU, the women’s team placed first in three events. Freshman Emilee Iverson and sophomore Amira Jenkins both cleared…

Baseball ends season at Emporia

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Sunday, April 26, the Gorillas began what would be their final game of the year, the final game of a series on the road against Emporia State University. Playing it out The Gorillas started out with a run in the first inning, then added another three in the third inning to take a commanding four-run lead. Emporia struck back in its half of the inning with two runs. A two-run homer for ESU in the fourth tied the game and another run put it ahead before adding one more in the fifth. But the Gorillas were not done yet. They brought four batters home in the sixth to wrest…

Red rallies in spring game

| Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Red team ended a two-year winless drought on Saturday, April 25, during the annual spring football game. Rallying from 10 points down to take the bragging rights with a 20-10 win over the White team, the red team quarterback John Roderique Jr. hooked up with wide receiver Austin Daniel for two second-half touchdowns to lead the comeback win. “They had a couple of nice throws in the end zone,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “Nice job by them of having that connection. Most of our skilled guys on both sides of the ball played really well.” Roderique, who transferred to Pittsburg State from Sam Houston State in January,…

Gorillas cage #16 Lions

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The men’s baseball team traveled to Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, April 22, to face the Missouri Southern State University Lions in a double-header. In the first inning of game one, Pitt State brought one runner home while Missouri Southern brought home three. After a scoreless third, fourth and fifth inning, the Gorillas rounded home twice in the sixth, making the score 4-3 in favor of the Lions. MSSU scored once more in its half of the inning and that was it. No more runs. The Lions won the game 5-3. Senior Nate Arnold and sophomore Christian Arnold were both 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. The second game…

Track takes gold at KU, UCM relays

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The PSU track teams took gold a combined seven times in competition split between KU and the University of Central Missouri. At KU the men’s team found greatest success in its relays. The 4×100 and distance medley were the only events in which the Gorillas took top spots with times of 40.45 and 10:13.81 respectively. The men also took second in the 4×800 with a time of 7:41.39. Senior Jason Crow took bronze in both the 100 and 300 with times of 10.60 and 21.23 respectively. Senior Marquise Cushon’s 49-9.75 mark in the triple jump was good for third. Senior Talon Thompson took fourth in the steeplechase with a…

Softball sweeps Rogers State

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team ended its five game losing streak in a sweep over Rogers State on Tuesday afternoon at the PSU Softball Complex. The Gorillas scored 28 runs total in their double-header on April 21, winning 13-4 in game one and 15-2 in the second game. Pittsburg State scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and did not look back the rest of the way. The women put up two more runs in the bottom of the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. Rogers State managed one run in the second inning and three in the fifth before the game ended….

Baseball 3-1 against Ft. Hays

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pitt State Gorillas baseball team faced the Tigers of Fort Hays State over the past weekend in a four-game series that really was “in” the Jungle. On Friday, April 10, Fort Hays let out a defiant growl in the first game, putting up three runs in the first inning and two in the second to take an early 5-2 lead. The Tigers continued to stay on the prowl, putting up two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Gorillas scored one run in the fifth, but in the end fell 11-3. Senior Derek Hackney was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and freshman Cooper Gardner…

Missouri Western sweeps softball

| Cameron Molina reporter | Victories have been abundant these last few weeks for the PSU softball team. During the team’s last 10 games, the Gorillas have won eight out of 10. Then, the Gorillas ran into the Mules of Central Missouri, and got kicked. Central and Pitt State faced off at the PSU Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 15. The Mules entered the match-up ranked 19th in the nation while the Gorillas had a season-home record of 8-4. Neither team scored in the first two innings, but Central soon ended the drought with a three-run homer off Alex Leonhart. In the bottom of the sixth, Pitt State responded with a two-run homer off sophomore…

Track teams compete at home

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The seventh annual David Suenram Gorilla Track and Field tournament took place Saturday, April 11. The PSU men’s team topped the podium in seven events, starting with freshman Alex Conn in the 1500-meter race. Conn ran a 3:53.38. Senior Talon Thompson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:33.61 and sophomore Brian Wright came in fourth. Senior Marquel Nickens captured the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.14. Senior Jeff Piepenbrink won pole vault with a 16-08.00 clearance and senior Marquise Cushon captured gold in the triple jump with a 49-09.25 mark. The Gorillas also swept the top three spots in the javelin competition….