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  • 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.

    Catcher Nathan Arnold catches in Sundays game against Northwest Missouri State. The Gorillas Defeated the Bearcats 8-6.

    Catcher Nathan Arnold catches in Sundays game against Northwest Missouri State. The Gorillas Defeated the Bearcats 8-6.


    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 took on a different note, with PSU scoring three runs in the first inning, including two off a left-field single from senior Andrew Kreiling.
    The Gorillas lengthened their lead in the fourth inning to five off of a two-run homer by freshman Jack Mercer. In their half of the inning the Lions managed to put up three runs, but were unable to catch up with Pitt State, which continued to add runs in the fifth.
    In the end, the Gorillas caged the Lions with a final score of 6-3.
    Mercer was 2-for-2 with one run and three RBI and Kreiling was 1-for-4 with two RBI.
    Last Friday, April 17, Pittsburg State took on the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos in what turned out to be a real rodeo, in favor of the Gorillas.
    Kreiling’s three-run home run in the second inning of game one gave PSU an early lead. UCO managed to catch up with it by a run in the third and two in the fourth.
    Pitt State rounded the bases another two times in its half of the fourth to take back the lead, but the Bronchos were not done yet.
    In the top of the fifth, Central Missouri batted in a three-run homer and added another two runs to the scoreboard in the sixth, putting them ahead by four with three innings left.
    Freshman Andrew Vogelbaugh hammered a home run over the right field fence to bring in two runs in the PSU half of the sixth.
    UCO responded in the eighth with its final run of the game. However, the bottom of the eighth is where the Gorillas really took hold of the reins. Pitt State brought home four runs, putting the team ahead by one.
    Junior Ryan McKay’s pitching kept the Bronchos away from home in the ninth inning, giving PSU the win 11-10.
    Kreiling was 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI, senior Luke Bordewick was 2-for-5 with one run and three RBI and freshman Blaine Fisher led pitching for the Gorillas, giving up four runs off five hits and four errors in 3.1 innings of on the mound.
    Earlier in the day in a seven-inning contest the Bronchos scored once in the second and sixth innings while UCO’s Daulton Leiker appeared to be on his way to pitching a no-hitter.
    PSU’s Vogelbaugh ended up spoiling Leiker’s run by hammering a walk-off three-run homer over left field in the bottom of the seventh to give the Gorillas the game 3-2.
    Vogelbaugh was 1-for-3 with one run and three RBI. Junior Nick Brandecker pitched the entire game for Pitt State, giving up two run off five hits and one error.
    In the second game of a double-header on Thursday, April 16, the Gorillas drew first blood with two runs in the first and then left the game scoreless until the Bronchos brought one run home in the fifth.
    Pitt answered with two runs in its half of the fifth only to have Central Oklahoma answer in kind with two in the second, leaving the Gorillas up by only one run. This would, however, prove to be as close as the contest would get.
    PSU’s batting came alive in the seventh, scoring five runs and then Vogelbaugh rounded out the game with a grand slam in the eighth. Final score: Gorillas 13, Bronchos 3.
    Kreiling was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, Vogelbaugh was 1-for-4 with one run and four RBI, and senior Derek Hackney was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Senior Jake Stevenson led pitching for PSU, giving up three runs off seven hits and two errors in 5.1 innings.
    The first game of the series Central Oklahoma scored once in the first only to be answered by a home run from Vogelbaugh. UCO then added two in the third and two in the fourth to take a commanding lead.
    Pitt State fought back to bring the game to within one in the bottom of the fourth. The Bronchos scored one run in the fifth and the Gorillas brought one home in the sixth but it would not be enough to bring them back. Final score: UCO 6, PSU 5.

  • 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.

    Marquise Cushon, senior and jumper, performs in the triple jump during Pitt State's home track and field meet on Saturday, April 11.

    Marquise Cushon, senior and jumper, performs in the triple jump during Pitt State’s home track and field meet on Saturday, April 11.


    Senior Talon Thompson took fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 9:24.96 and junior Garrett Appier placed fourth in the shot put with a 56-06.50 heave in the shot put. Appier was followed by sophomore Bo Farrow in fifth with a 56-01.25 mark.
    Senior Jordan Peters placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:54.61; sophomore Bryce Starks placed sixth in the 100; senior Marquel Nickens placed sixth in the 400-meter hurdles; and senior Jeff Piepenbrink was sixth in the pole vault.
    At UCM the men topped the podium twice with the help of of sophomore Brian Wright’s 10:15.26 steeplechase and Appier’s 54-08.00 toss in the shot put.
    Sophomore Preston Coffman’s 14-09.00 clearance in the pole vault earned him silver. Freshman Tanner McNutt placed second in the long jump with a 23-01.75 leap. Farrow secured two silver medals on a 54-02.50 hurl in the shot put and a 168-07 throw in the discus.
    The 4×400’s 3:16.19 was good for third as was senior Luke Wilson’s 194-08 heave in the hammer throw.
    The 10,000-meter run saw sophomore Ren Bean take third with a time of 32:53.61, sophomore Connor Stark finish fourth in 32:57.92 and sophomore Colby Kromminga take fifth.
    Freshman Dallas Nutt was fourth in the triple jump with a 43-07.25 mark and senior Darryl Holland took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a 57.30 race. Senior Keenan Soles was fourth in the 100 at 10.96 and freshman Garrett Cross finished sixth in the 1500.
    At KU the women seized gold once with help from senior Antqunita Reed, who posted a 40-04.75 mark in the triple jump. Reed also took second in the long jump at 20-03.00.
    The women’s distance medley was good for silver with their time of 12:20.05. Junior Cassie Caswell’s 46-11.00 heave in the shot put earned her second as well.
    Freshman Jasmine Smith was fifth in the shot put and junior Ramie Grayson took sixth in the long jump.
    At Central Missouri the women won the 4×400 with a time of 3:57.59 and sophomore Emilyn Dearman won the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:00.08 race. Dearman also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.62.
    At UCM Smith placed third in the shot put with a 46-01.50 toss, ahead of Caswell, who placed third with a 45-10.50 heave. However, roles would be reversed in the discus as Caswell took third at 144-08, ahead of Smith at 144-04.
    Caswell also placed second in the hammer throw with a 175-07 toss ahead of junior Darien Stancell, who recorded a mark of 171-01, good for third.
    Freshman Alyssa Hammons took third in the 200 with a time of 26.02 and third in the 400 with a time of 59.34.
    Wilson took fourth in the 200 at 26.06 and Dearman took fourth in the javelin with a 113-06 throw. Sophomore Olivia Boone placed fifth in the 400.

  • 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.

    Kylie Guthier, third base, winds up for a pitch during the home game against Rogers State on Tuesday, April 21. The Gorillas defeated Rogers 13-4.

    Kylie Guthier, third base, winds up for a pitch during the home game against Rogers State on Tuesday, April 21. The Gorillas defeated Rogers 13-4.


    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.
    Freshman Katy Remy had three hits and one RBI while senior McKenzie Rynard had two hits, two runs and four RBIs. Junior Alex Perez had two hits and two RBIs and one run. Junior Ashton Pratt had one hit.
    Sophomore Kylie Guthier was the winning pitcher for the Gorillas in game one. It was her first win of the season in the circle. Bailee Kaderka was the starting pitcher for the Hillcats.
    The Gorillas finished with 13 hits while the Hillcats had six. Both teams had one error.
    In game two, the Gorillas jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning after Perez singled down the line for a two-run RBI.
    In the second inning, sophomore Nicole Nease singled to center field for a two-run RBI.
    Senior Jordan Bradshaw singled up the middle for an RBI in the third, allowing senior Avery Beard and Rynard to score, putting PSU ahead 7-0.
    In total, the Gorillas scored nine runs alone in the third inning after two-run RBI by Remy, an RBI from freshman Tasha Steele, a double from Rynard and a single from Perez to make it 13-0, PSU.
    Pratt found home in the bottom of the fourth off a single by Steele and after a single from Rynard, Remy added a run. RSU only had two hitters.
    Freshman Emmie Robertson was the winning pitcher in game two for the Gorillas.
    Prior to Tuesday’s games, Pitt State had dropped a double-header against Central Missouri last week, losing 3-2 and 11-7 and lost a double header against Missouri Western four days earlier.
    With the wins, PSU improves to 30-16 overall. They remain 15-7 in the MIAA and will finish up the regular season with a conference double-header on Friday, April 24, against Northeastern State and another double-header on Saturday, April 25, against Central Oklahoma. Both double-headers will be played at the PSU Softball Complex.
    The Gorillas have already qualified for the MIAA Conference Tournament next week as they hold a fourth place spot in the standings; two wins behind first place Central Missouri. Central Oklahoma and Missouri Western are second and third, respectively.

  • 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.

    Matt Standlee, pitcher, tosses the ball to Andrew Vogelbaugh, first basemen, to get an out against Fort Hayes on Friday, April 10.

    Matt Standlee, pitcher, tosses the ball to Andrew Vogelbaugh, first basemen, to get an out against Fort Hayes on Friday, April 10.


    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 pitched four innings for the Gorillas, giving up two runs off one hit and one error.
    The second game of the doubleheader saw both teams scoreless until the third inning, when Fort Hays brought in one run off a sacrificial fly.
    The Gorillas got their act together in the fourth inning and brought home two runs with another four added to the scoreboard in the fifth.
    The Tigers nearly eclipsed Pitt State’s lead in the sixth inning by adding four runs, but junior Sam Falcon expanded the lead by two.
    Fort Hays put up one final run in the seventh but in the end Pitt State held off the Tiger attack with its own final run in the eighth for a final score of 8-6, PSU.
    Senior Nate Arnold was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
    Freshman Cole Brecheisen was 3-for-4 with two RBI and senior Jake Stevenson pitched for six innings, giving up five runs off seven hits and five errors.
    The teams returned to the pitching mound on Saturday, April 11. The Tigers drew first blood with a one-run home run in the first inning and another three in the third.
    The Gorillas scored twice in their half of the first inning and twice again in the fourth to tie the game. Fort Hays struck again with two runs in the fifth inning, which Pitt State responded too with one of its own. However, Fort Hays sealed the game with a Tiger victory in the seventh with a two-run home run.
    Senior Luke Bordewick was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Falcon was 2-for-3 with one run. Junior Nick Brandecker pitched four innings for the Gorillas, giving up five runs off five hits and five errors.
    In the final game of the double-doubleheader, Fort Hays was again the first to score but PSU took the lead in the third inning. However, those were the only two runs for the Gorillas. The Tigers would put up six more throughout the game, leaving a final score of 7-2, Fort Hays.
    On Wednesday, April 15, Pitt State faced a different sort of Tiger: Lincoln Blue, for another doubleheader.
    In the first game, Pitt State brought in one home run in the first inning and two in the third. Lincoln scored four runs in the fourth inning. Both teams put up more runs throughout the game but this time the Gorillas came out on top of the Tiger species with a 9-4 victory.
    The second game of the series saw the Gorillas score two runs in the first.
    The Blue Tigers responded with two runs in their half of the inning and another two runs in the third.
    At the top of the seventh inning, Lincoln was ahead by two. Pitt State managed to score one run, leaving the final score 6-5 in favor of Lincoln.

  • 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.

    Devon McCreath, utility player, captures the ball preparing to throw it to first baseman to get an out during the Gorilla's home game against Northwestern on Friday, April 10.

    Devon McCreath, utility player, captures the ball preparing to throw it to first baseman to get an out during the Gorilla’s home game against Northwestern on Friday, April 10.


    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 Nicole Nease.
    Though Nease sent the ball over the fence, it was not enough for the Gorillas. The Jennies took the first match with a final score of 3-2.
    In game two, Central was again the first to score. The Jennies put up two RBI singles in the first inning. Neither team scored in the second and Central made another three runs in the third.
    Sophomore Kylie Guthier finally broke Pitt State’s scoring drought, sending a pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer. Junior Jordan Bradshaw followed Guthier’s lead and put up a two-run homer later in the inning.
    The next six innings saw the score slide up to 9-7 with Central Missouri in the lead. As the teams entered the seventh inning, things were heating up on both sides of the baseline. However, UCM had just a little more heat than PSU and scored another two runs, ending the game 11-7.
    Before Wednesday’s games, Pitt State took on Missouri Western on Saturday, April 11.
    This game was an upset as well for the Gorillas as the team failed to score a single run.
    Though the Griffons were victorious in the first game, they won on a score of 1-0. Freshman Emmie Robertson proved her pitching skills, striking out eight.
    The second game between these MIAA opponents had a nearly identical outcome. The first inning ended with a 2-1 PSU lead. Nease ran the show as she added to the stat sheet with a two run homer. Coach Elizabeth Economon’s squad extended its lead after three, up 5-3, due to a Guthier two-run homer. But all aspirations for winning were quickly swept away as Missouri Western unsheathed a powerful three-run explosion. The Griffons won 7-5.
    The Gorillas have lost five of their last six games
    Up next for Pitt State is the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
    PSU has also clinched a spot in the upcoming MIAA conference tournament.

  • 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.

    Katren Reinbolt, freshman in distance, splashes into the water while competing in the the Track and Field meet at Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11.

    Katren Reinbolt, freshman in distance, splashes into the water while competing in the the Track and Field meet at Pittsburg on Saturday, April 11.


    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.
    Senior Adam Farnow won the gold with a 198-08 throw, followed by sophomore Jordan Morton with 188-11 and sophomore Cody Catterson with 188-06.
    In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Bryce Starks came in first with a time of 10.47 and senior Jason Crow took second with a time of 10.50. Crow was also second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.21.
    Senior Jordan Peters took silver in the 800-meter with a 1:54.50 race while freshman Alexander Burson took fourth.
    In the shot put competition, sophomore Bo Farrow’s 55-07.75 heave was good for second place. Junior Garrett Appier came in fourth and senior Luke Wilson claimed fifth place. Farrow was also third in the discus and Wilson took the bronze in the hammer throw.
    Junior Andre Sanders captured bronze in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.31.
    Senior Ryan Ramler took fourth in the 400 hurdles with a 54.96-second race and the 4×400 team took fourth at 3:15.62.
    The Gorilla women won three events during Saturday’s competition.
    Senior Antqunita Reed recorded the longest mark in the triple jump at 42-07.00 and she took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.06.
    In the 1500-meter race, the women ousted the competition with a Gorilla standing on each level of the podium. Senior Jessica Macy clocked in a time of 4:45.81, taking first. She was followed by freshman Paige Denton in second place with a time of 4:55.09, sophomore Christina Metzger in third with 4:56.98 and sophomore Carlin Greene came in fourth with 4:58.07.
    Junior Cassie Caswell won the shot put with a 48-07.50 toss and was followed by freshman Jasmine Smith in second place with a 45-11.25 mark.
    Senior Alex Moase placed second in the 5,000-meter with a time of 19:24.66.
    Freshman Katren Rienbolt took silver in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:17.65 and sophomore Heather Glenn was second in the pole vault with a 12-06 clearance. Senior Shanise Rice secured silver in the javelin with a 129-10 throw.
    Juni0r Ramie Grayson placed third in the 200 with a time of 25.11. Freshman Courtney Nelson was third in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.12.

  • 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 leave the final score Bearcats 7, Gorillas 2.
    Falcon was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Arnold was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
    Senior Jake Stevenson pitched for eight innings, giving up the seven runs on 10 hits with one error.
    The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader went more PSU’s way than Friday had, though.
    Northwest started off the game with a one-run homer over the left field wall in the first inning but was answered by a one-run double from Arnold in the bottom of the first.
    The Bearcats added one more run in both the third and fifth to establish a two-run lead over the Gorillas.
    PSU struck back in full force in the bottom of the fifth, bringing four runners in off a series of infield hits to establish what would be the final score: Pitt State 5, Northwest 3.
    Senior Derek Hackney was 2-for-2 with one run, freshman Andrew Vogelbaugh was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, and Arnold was 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI’s.
    Sophomore Cort Lesmeister started off the pitching for the Gorillas, throwing for 4.2 innings in which he gave up three runs off seven hits with two errors.
    The second half of the doubleheader saw Northwestern Missouri drive home six runs in the second inning and another in the third.
    The Gorillas managed to bat in one run in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings but were unable to overcome the Bearcats lead, leaving the final score 9-3, Northwestern Missouri.
    Vogelbaugh was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Falcon was 0-for-2 with one run and one RBI.
    Junior Nick Brandecker pitched the most innings for the Gorillas, giving up one run off four hits in 4.1 innings.
    The action wrapped up on Sunday with what would be the highest-scoring game of the series.
    Pitt State drew first blood with two runs in the second. The third inning saw senior Andrew Kreiling belt a hit over the left-field wall for a one-run home run.
    The Bearcats curtailed PSU’s lead with a run in the fourth and fifth innings but were beaten back by a combination of singles and walks that brought four runners around the bases in the bottom of the fifth. The Gorillas then went on to add what would be their final run in the sixth inning.
    Northwestern pulled back to within two runs by scoring four in the seventh but could never overcome PSU’s lead. The final score was 8-6, Pitt.
    Kreiling was 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, Vogelbaugh was 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, and sophomore Christian Arnold was 1-for-2 with two runs and one RBI.
    Freshman Blaine Fisher gave up two runs off two hits and one error in 5 innings of pitching.

  • 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.

    Junior Lynsey Conner pitches another strick to a Missouri Southern batter.

    Junior Lynsey Conner pitches another strick to a Missouri Southern batter.


    A stifling Gorilla defense stood its ground for another inning until the top of the fifth arrived. Newman, once again, weaseled its way in for a run after a wild pitch from Robertson. This allowed Newman to advance junior Annie Gentry home for its second run of the game.
    During the bottom of the fifth, PSU’s junior outfielder Ashton Pratt rattled a throw to Newman’s short stop, enabling senior Devon McCreath to glide in for a Gorilla run. Freshman infielder Katy Remy also batted well (1-3) as she sliced a pitch toward left field for an RBI single, as junior Catie Cummins waltzed her way to home, tying up game one, 2-2.
    Pitt State continued its assault against the Jets by hammering in three more runs during the fifth, mostly from sophomore Kylie Guthier’s jaw-dropping home run. Robertson would continue her dominance, finishing a struggling Jets team off, 5-2. Robertson ended game one with a total of 12 strikeouts.
    Game two against the Jets was a similar story. Both sides were scoreless until the top of the fourth, in which Newman sophomore Elise McGowan grounded out. But a throwing error from short stop to first base (6-3), resulted in two unearned runs for the Jets. PSU continued to keep Newman within arm’s reach, as the sixth inning rolled around. Newman, with a runner on third, made a strategic sacrifice fly, allowing the Jets to once again score, now leading 3-0.
    With half an inning to go, PSU needed an offensive rally to have a shot at winning. Sophomore Nicole Nease scorched a lofted ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer to knot the contest up 3-3. Freshman Lawren McKinney was juxtaposed to the previous run, as she flew out to left field, allowing sophomore Darion Jaso to advance home. PSU erupted, now in control 4-3. The Gorillas would add one more run to the mix during the sixth to finish off Newman 5-3.
    Earlier in the week, the Gorillas faced a barrage of MIAA teams. On April 3, PSU traveled to St. Charles, Mo., to square off against a rundown Lindenwood squad (8-32). Game one consisted of Remy drilling the ball over the Lions’ heads for a home run. Pratt would receive an RBI double, as Cummins trotted in. PSU went on to piece game one together by earning three runs off of one hit during the fourth, due to a multitude of mistakes from Lindenwood. PSU would ultimately split the series with the Lions, winning game one 7-4 and falling short in game two, 5-3.
    The Gorillas continued their conference tour against Lincoln. Pitt State snatched both matches in Jefferson City with little trouble. Totaling 19 runs in 14 innings of play. Game one included two home runs, one from senior Cheslyn Mitchell and one from the MIAA/Astro Turf Hitter of the Week, junior Alex Perez. Game two displayed an offensive explosion as PSU earned nine runs during the top of the second inning.
    To end the Easter weekend, PSU took on longtime rivals MSSU (9-27), in Joplin. Robertson would pitch game one and had a spectacular performance throwing six scoreless innings and striking out six opposing batters en route to a slim 1-0 victory. In game two, Pitt State received contributions from every player, winning, 6-4, off a total of 11 hits.
    Now with 27 wins on the season, two players being awarded with MIAA/Astro Turf honors, and a conference leading record, 14-2, PSU is three games out from tying last season’s win total.
    The Gorillas’ next game is on Friday, April 10, against Northwest Missouri (16-18, 9-7 MIAA) on PSU’s homestead.

  • 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 the men’s and women’s track teams.
    The third gold of the day came from junior Garret Appier in a career best shot put of 60-10.
    “I thought Garret’s performance was one of the highlights of the meet,” Jewett said. “Sixty feet is one of those barriers for DII throwers and breaking that moves him to No. 2 on our all-time list.”
    Freshman Alex Conn took gold in the 3000-meter with a time of 8:44.27 and senior Marquel Nickens also topped the podium with his time of 53.74 in the 400-meter hurdles.
    The sixth gold of the day for Pitt State came from the men’s 4×100 relay team with a 41.36 time.
    Senior Jeff Piepenbrink was second in the pole vault with his clearance of 15-7 and the men’s 4×400-meter relay took second place with its time of 3:19.61.
    Senior Luke Wilson took silver in the hammer throw with a 182-10 toss, sophomore Bo Farrow took second in the discus and third in the shot put with times of 166-00 and 57-09 respectively.
    Sophomore Brody Wild took third in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:06.13 and sophomore Preston Coffman was third in the pole vault with a 15-o1 vault.
    Freshman Justice Burks also took a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.54. He was followed in fourth place by junior Andre Sanders with a time of 14.59.
    Other Gorilla men to place at Saturday’s meet were Casey Steinmiller, Aren Martin, Alexander Burson, Talon Thompson, Jordan Morton, Adam Farnow, J.L. Savage and Garrett Cantrell.
    The men finished the meet with 192 points, ahead of MIAA rivals University Central Missouri by 80 as well as Missouri Southern, Fort Hays State and Emporia State.
    “It’s nice to keep score but in the big picture it’s not all that meaningful since we don’t build a record, but any time you win anything is great,” Jewett said.
    On the women’s side of the competition, freshman Katren Reinbolt won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:24.30.
    “Katren’s performance was a pleasant surprise to me,” Jewett said. “She was on the basketball team this winter so she didn’t train much from mid-November until about three weeks ago so I was pretty pleased with that outcome.”
    Senior Antqunita Reed took second in the long jump with a distance of 19-8.75.
    Freshman Courtney Nelson edged out freshman Emilyn Dearman to take silver in the 110-meter hurdles.
    “I liked the way our women’s short hurdlers performed,” Jewett said. “They didn’t win the thing but I thought they ran pretty darn fast, I thought they did very well.”
    Junior Cassie Caswell was second in the shot put with a heave of 46-02 and freshman Jasmine Smith was right behind Caswell in third with a 45-10.75 throw.
    Caswell and Smith would place together again in the meet, taking second and fourth respectively in the discus where Caswell recoded a career-best throw of 149-02 and Smith marked a 146-11.75.
    “That’s a good one-two punch we’ve got with those ladies in the throws; they’re just doing great,” Jewett said.
    Sophomore Heather Glenn captured bronze in the pole vault by clearing 11-11.75 and sophomore Amira Jenkins was third in the triple jump with a distance of 37-11.75. Junior Darien Stancell took third place in the hammer throw with a 162-9.50 toss.
    Freshman Emilee Iverson was fourth in high jump with a clearance of 5-05.
    Reed placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and junior Ramie Grayson was fifth in the 200-meter and freshman Kezia Martin was sixth in the long jump.
    The women scored 107 points, good for third behind UMKC and Central Missouri.

  • 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 to score off a sacrifice fly. Now, knotted-up at 1-1, both teams tried to break the stalemate.
    During the top of the third, PSU would do just that.
    The Gorillas, with the bases loaded, just needed one final push to bring home freshman Katy Remy from third. Sophomore third baseman Kylie Guthier rallied her fellow teammate home off a slam to left field for an RBI single. PSU held on for the lead throughout the remainder of the game and went on to win 3-1.
    Game two of the Topeka double-header provided a similar result for the Gorillas. Both teams struggled to score through the first two innings. However, during the top of the third, PSU exploded offensively. Sophomore catcher Nicole Nease purged a shot over the right field for a home run. But the Ichabods would not go down easily. Washburn hammered in three runs to add some spice to the contest, as the third inning came to a close.
    With the game tied at 3-3, Bradshaw delivered a double to left field. That invited Perez and senior Devon McCreath to home plate for the 5-4 win.
    Before their outing at Washburn, the Gorillas took on the Emporia State Hornets on the road. Trying to avenge a 4-0 loss earlier this season, the Hornets nullified all attempts by the Gorillas, taking game one of the double header, 12-4. Pitt State conjured only three hits total. But the Gorillas would respond in game two.
    To begin the second outing, Mitchell ravaged a ball down left center for a double, allowing junior outfielder Ashton Pratt to hustle in for run No. 1. Perez would soon usher in Mitchell with a double of her own midway through the first inning to give the Gorillas a 2-0 lead. Both teams clawed at each other right up until the sixth inning, when PSU delivered a flurry of daggers into Emporia.
    Remy ignited a six-run inning by singling to left field and allowing McCreath to score. Nease soon threw herself into the mix, as she singled through right field. Both Pratt and Remy scored and Nease earned two RBI’s with PSU leading 6-2. Guthier, Mitchell and a few errors from the Hornets would allow PSU to claim game two, 9-2. It was the second time PSU has beaten the 11th-ranked Hornets in two weeks. With a 20-10 overall record, including a 9-1 conference record, PSU continues its road journey with a contest against Lindenwood on Friday, April 4, in St. Charles, Mo.

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