Baseball splits against Northwest Missouri

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted a four-game series against Northwest Missouri between Friday, March 27, and Sunday, March 29, ending with two wins for each team. The series opened Friday with the Bearcats scoring one run in the top of the first and another in the third off a wild pitch. A sacrifice infield fly took another runner around home in the sixth. Four runs in the eighth brought the Bearcats to a 7-0 lead over the Gorillas. PSU got on the board in the bottom of the eighth off an RBI by junior Sam Falcon and had another run batted in by senior Nathan Arnold in the ninth to…

Softball continues

| Cameron Molina reporter | On Tuesday, April 7, the PSU softball team took to the mound against the Newman University Jets. Last time these clubs clashed, PSU split. This time around, though, PSU was greedy. Freshman pitcher and recently awarded MIAA/Astro Turf Pitcher of the Week, Emmie Robertson, manned a siege early on against the 10-27 Jets. Robertson and company did not allow any runs through the first two innings. But during the top of the third, freshman utility player Breanna Pingry lofted a pitch down the infield line for a home run to earn Newman its first lead of the game, 1-0. A stifling Gorilla defense stood its ground for another inning until…

Men first women second at ESU Relays

| Charles A. Ault reporter | The Pitt State men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Emporia State University on Saturday, April 4, for the State Farm ESU Relays. A total of 14 schools competed. The Gorilla men took first place in six events. Senior Marquise Cushon won the triple jump with a 50-5.25 mark and senior Jason Crow took first in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.51. Crow also received the silver in the 200-meter with a time of 21.24. He was outrun by former Division I national champion and Olympian Maurice Mitchell. “I was really pleased with Jason in both the 100 and the 200,” said Russ Jewett, head coach of…

Softball sweeps Ichabods, splits with Hornets

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team continued its impressive run by sweeping the Washburn Ichabods on the road on Saturday, March 28. The Gorillas entered the game with a .500 record over the previous 10 games, but it was Washburn that struck first. PSU’s freshman pitcher Emmie Robertson (13-5), allowed a throw to slip out of her grasp. This gave enough time for Washburn’s third baseman Cassidy Merriman to adjust to the ball and send it flying over centerfield for a home run. Washburn attempted to capitalize on its one-run advantage, but didn’t stay in front for long. Junior middle infielder Jordan Bradshaw helped the Gorillas respond, permitting junior Alex Perez…

Baseball splits against Northwest Missouri

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted a four-game series against Northwest Missouri on Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29. The series opened with the Bearcats scoring one run in the top of the first and another run in the third off a wild pitch. A sacrifice infield fly took another runner around home in the sixth. Four runs in the eighth brought the Bearcats to a 7-0 lead over the Gorillas. PSU got on board in the bottom of the eighth off an RBI by junior Sam Falcon and had another run batted in by senior Nathan Arnold in the ninth to leave the final score Bearcats 7, Gorillas 2….

Track teams head outdoors, open season at home

| Charles A. Ault reporter | Pittsburg State University hosted the Wendy’s/PSU Invitational on Saturday, March 28, marking the opening of the outdoor track season for both the men’s and women’s teams. Pitt State sent 14 athletes to the Indoor National Championships earlier this spring, with the men placing first and the women placing third in the MIAA conference championships. On Saturday, the Gorilla men took the gold in six events. Senior Jason Crow, freshman Slade Nordic, junior Andre Sanders and sophomore Bryce Starks took first place in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 40.37. “The 4×100 team did very well considering that they had little time to work on their handoffs,” said…

Gorilla men, women fall short in NCAA Tournament

| Michael Bauer sports editor | “March Madness” is at an end for both the Pittsburg State men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Gorilla men were defeated 80-68 by the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday, March 14, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Playing as a seventh-seed in its first national tournament appearance since 2007, the Gorillas were kept at a distance on the scoreboard for much of the first half, trailing by as much as 13. The PSU season ended with a 20-12 record. “I was very proud of how our guys fought,” said Kevin Muff, head coach. “I thought we fought very hard. We came…

6 on track teams win honors

Macy sets school record in 5,000-meter race | Charles A. Ault reporter | PSU sent 14 athletes to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track National Championships on Friday, March 13, through Saturday, March 14. Six of those 14 Gorilla men and women earned All-American accolades. Though her season became complicated after a car accident a week before the MIAA Conference Championships, senior Jessica Macy took the bronze and set a school record in the 5,000-meter race on Friday with a time of 16:43.14. Her placing earned her one of PSU’s six All-American titles. “It was an extremely tough event this year. Jess was sort of a marginal qualifier but she was in…

Baseball 4-6 over break

| Charles A. Ault reporter | PSU’s non-conference double-header against 29th-ranked Missouri Southern originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, was moved up a day. The first game saw both teams score one run in the first inning and Southern tack on another in the second. A five-run third inning by the Gorillas erased that deficit. Southern rounded home three times in its half of the inning and twice more in the sixth. By bringing home a runner in the fifth, sixth and seventh, the Gorillas were able to hold on to win 9-7. Senior Derek Hackney was 2-for-3 with two runs. Senior Andrew Kreiling was 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. The second game…

Break time’s over

| Cameron Molina reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team split with the Newman Jets on Wednesday, March 25. The Gorillas took the first game, 5-3, while the Jets took the second game 7-5. PSU moved to 17-9 for the season. Game one of the double header against Newman proved fruitful for the Gorillas. During the top of the third inning, junior Jordan Bradshaw hammered a pitch over the boundaries for a home run into left field. Senior outfielder Chelsyn Mitchell swiped at a pitch and sent it beyond the fences in the same direction Bradshaw did. Even facing a two to nil deficit, Newman battled back, with a run of its own in the…