• Sports Briefs 8-20-15

    NW Missouri 1st, PSU 2nd in Media, Coaches poll

    Northwest Missouri is the preseason first-place pick in the MIAA media and coaches poll with 36 total first-place votes. Pittsburg State University was picked second in both polls with 17 total first-place votes. The polls split on their pick for third-place with the Media poll choosing the University of Central Oklahoma and the coaches selecting the University of Central Missouri.

    Three MIAA volleyball teams enter season ranked top 25 in AVCA poll

    Nebraska-Kearney is ranked fifth to begin the season on Sept. 4 with four games in Alaska. Central Missouri enters the year ranked 13th in the nation and will begin the year at home on Sept. 3 with five straight. Washburn is one spot behind them ranked 14th to begin the year and starts with four straight at home in the season’s opening weekend.

    Central Missouri volleyball first in preseason poll

    The University of Central Missouri is ranked first in the MIAA volleyball preseason poll with nine of a possible 12 first-place votes. Washburn received two first-place votes and the second-place pick. Pittsburg State ranked seventh overall.

    PSU, NWMSU ranked in top ten

    The MIAA joins the Northern Sun and Great Lakes Intercollegiate as a league that begins the year with two teams in the American Football Coaches Association preseason top 10. Northwest Missouri is ranked fifth in the poll and Pittsburg State is picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll.

  • Players compete for quarterback position

    | Charles A. Ault, sports editor |

    Three PSU football players are competing to take the place of Anthony Abenoja as starting quarterback. Junior Ramsey Hamilton, sophomore Thomas LePage and freshman John Roderique Jr. are trying to prove their worth to the coaches to earn the position Abenjoa has held for the past five years.
    The competitors have a lot to live up to. Abenoja, who was named MIAA offensive player of the year in 2014, holds PSU’s top five single-game passing records. Last season he passed for 3,871 and 32 touchdowns and he holds the NCAA DII record for passes without an interception at 314.
    However, after three years captaining the Gorillas offense, he has graduated and it is time to for another quarterback to step up and take his place.
    Ramsey Hamilton is the most experienced of the three. He first saw time on the field in 2013 when he appeared in six games, rushing 12 times for 128 yards and four touchdowns. In 2014, Hamilton saw action in all but one of PSU’s games. He rushed 42 times for 132 yards and five touchdowns and was five of 13 passing for 56 yards and one touchdown. Hamilton served as PSU’s primary rusher from under center after week five.
    “Anthony tore his ACL last year in the Missouri Western game but was able to play the rest of the season with that,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “It was just an unbelievable effort by him but Ramsey came in and ran the football for us. However, (Hamilton) was unable to go through spring because of an injury he had and had to have surgery.”
    LePage has spent two years with Pittsburg’s team, including his redshirt freshman year. He saw time on the field in six games last year in which he was four of seven passing for 28 yards and one pick while rushing three times for -12 yards.
    Roderique Jr., is a transfer from Sam Huston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Although he transferred from Texas, he is originally from the Pittsburg area. He attended high school in Webb City, Mo., where he led the Cardinals to back-to-back state titles.
    Regardless of who takes the position the quarterback will have to be ready to go right off the bat. In a conference in which two losses effectively eliminates you from playoff contention, a poor performance week one could put the Gorillas on track for a disappointing season.
    “Of course the quarterback position is different getting used to,” Beck said, “but we’ve got quality guys there so we’re anxious and excited to get out there with them and see where they all fit in.”

  • Plans adjusted for new home game

    | Marcus Clem guest writer |

    Pittsburg State has applied several slight changes to sales and scheduling for home football games that are set to begin in September.
    Most students are unaffected by these changes as they may still attend all home games for free, without a reserved seat. As usual, later arrivals may be restricted to standing room only except in the event of a complete sellout at Carnie Smith Stadium.
    Most relevant to students is the new sixth home game on Saturday, Oct. 17, vs. Northwest Missouri State.
    The university added this game following the 2013 final showdown of the Fall Classic series at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
    The Northwest Bearcats won that game, 15-24, before the Gorillas took the first non-Arrowhead game in Maryville, Mo., last year, 35-17. Both Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri State broke into the NCAA Division II football postseason, but the Bearcats lost in the first round to Minnesota-Duluth and the Gorillas fell to Minnesota State in the second round.
    “This changes the dynamics and I think that is good for our season ticket holders,” said Dan Wilkes, associate athletic director of communications. “That adds the most marquee game of the season to the schedule.”
    Students who wish to purchase a reserved seat will be charged $5 and must also purchase an additional reserved seat at a regular rate of $18, with a limit of four such purchases per student.
    Wilkes says he anticipates a sellout at the new home game, requiring the university to plan for it in a similar way to the established games of Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 3.
    Attention is also likely to be focused on the university in the first year of the Robert W. Plaster Indoor Event Center, which the football team uses for practice. The university also announced on Aug. 14 that the final home game on Saturday, Oct. 31, vs. Missouri Southern State will be carried nationally by ESPN 3.
    “All the folks that have supported the university extensively, such as with the indoor center, will make the hotels full and restaurants busy,” Wilkes said. “From an economic standpoint, that will be as good as it gets there.”

  • 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 the Week for the second time.
    PSU’s first run against the Bronchos did not occur until the bottom of the fourth. With bases loaded, UCO pitcher Kelsey Berlin walked Pitt State freshman Katy Remy to bring in senior Devon McCreath, although PSU’s opportunity to score ended with three on base. Pitt State continued its scoring siege through the fifth, as the Bronchos were unable to muster a single hit. Pittsburg’s next scoring opportunity came during the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore catcher Nicole Nease popped a pitch down the right field line for an RBI single, bringing in junior Jordan Bradshaw.
    The top of the seventh inning consisted of two runs scored by UCO, knotting up the score at 2-2. However, junior Alex Perez ushered in an RBI single, which earned PSU a game one win, 3-2.
    Pitt State’s second confrontation against the Bronchos ultimately produced similar results. However, in contrast to game one, UCO began its assault with a quick 3-0 lead, as Ashton Smith blasted a pitch over the fence for a two-run homer. Pitt State rebounded when a fielding error at third base resulted in sophomore Kylie Guthier and Nease reaching home. Senior McKenzie Rynard also contributed with an RBI double, tying the score at three apiece.
    Both parties would have problems scoring during the fourth inning, but Pitt State’s Guthier, who was 0-2 heading into the fifth, demolished a lob from UCO pitcher Nicole Brady for a two-run home run. Pitt State walked away with a 5-3 victory.
    Pittsburg State, now with its best record in over five years (33-17), heads to the MIAA tournament with a second-place seeding.
    Pitt States’ next opponent will be Washburn University, whom PSU swept on March 28. The first round contest will be played in Overland Park at the Blue Valley Sports Complex.

  • 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.

    Sophomore thrower Bo Farrow prepares to throw the shotput during the track meet hosted by PSU on Saturday, March 28.

    Sophomore thrower Bo Farrow prepares to throw the shotput during the track meet hosted by PSU on Saturday, March 28.

    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 5-05.25 in the high jump. Iverson won the event on scratches, giving Jenkins the silver.
    In the pole vault, sophomore Heather Glenn won the event with a 12-09.50 clearance. Second place became a three-way tie and sophomore Megan Wickersham was one of those three with a clearance of 11-11.75.
    Freshman Jasmine Smith won the shot put with a heave of 47-05.00 and took second in the discus with a 148-02 toss. Junior D’Andria Blow followed Smith in the discus with a 147-07 toss, good for bronze. Blow was also fifth in the hammer throw.
    Also competing in the hammer throw was junior Darien Stancell. She threw a 166-05 toss for second place.
    Sophomore Carlin Greene took fourth in the 1,500-meter with a time of 5:00.34 and freshman Kezia Martin was fourth in the triple jump with at 38-10.25.
    The men also did well at the Missouri Southern meet with three of the top four spots in the 1,500-meter run. Senior Talon Thompson took first with a time of 4:00.46. Sophomore Andrew Rodgers took third with 4:02.96 and junior Anthony Yates came in fourth at 4:05.42.
    Senior Keenan Soles captured bronze in the finals of the 100-meter dash with a 10.77-second race and sophomore Connor Starks was third in the 5,000-meter with a time of 15:38.52.
    In the pole vault, senior Jeff Piepenbrink secured bronze with a 16-06.75 clearance. Senior Garrett Cantrell took third in the javelin with a 174-04 throw and fifth in the hammer throw at 159-04.
    Freshman Justice Burks was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.54.
    Freshman Dallas Natt was fifth in triple jump, the 4×400-meter B team took fifth, and sophomore Ren Bean placed sixth in the 5,000-meter.
    Pitt State’s track and field teams will next compete at the MIAA Conference championships on Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

  • 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 the lead from the Hornets.
    A home run by Emporia State in the seventh tied the game once more and one run in the eighth was enough to hand the Gorillas a loss in their final game of the season as they fell eight runs to nine.

    Breaking it down

    Senior Nate Arnold was 3-for-5 with one run and two RBI’s and sophomore Christian Arnold was 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Freshman Blaine Fisher led the pitching for the Gorillas, giving up six runs off five hits and five errors in six innings.
    Earlier in the day the Hornets had managed to keep the Gorillas away from home in a seven-inning contest. Emporia scored only twice, off a home run in the first and an RBI single in the third to take the game.
    Freshman Cole Brecheisen was 2-for-2 at the plate and junior Nick Brandecker pitched six innings for PSU, giving up two runs off five hits and two errors.

    Moving to second round

    Saturday, in the second half of a doubleheader, the Gorillas logged what would become their final win of the season.
    Pitt State took off in the first inning with a grand slam from Christian Arnold.
    Emporia got on the board in the second with one run but was quickly answered by one run and then another grand slam, this time off the bat of senior Andrew Kreiling.
    PSU added its final run in the fifth. Emporia began to fight to surmount the Gorillas’ lead, scoring five runs in the fifth and another four runs in the sixth.
    Junior Ryan McKay managed to keep the Hornets away from home in the seventh and final inning of the contest, securing the game for PSU 11-10.

    How it happened

    Christian Arnold was 3-for-4 with two runs and six RBI’s, Kreiling was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI’s, and junior Sam Falcon was 3-for-4 with two runs. Freshman Cooper Gardner led pitching for the Gorillas, giving up five runs off seven hits and five errors in 4.1 innings.
    The first game of the series saw Emporia State hit a two-run homer in the first to take an early lead. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Christian Arnold answered with a two-run home run of his own. Freshman Jack Mercer hit a one-run home run, and Kreiling batted in one runner with a triple.
    In the fifth inning, the Hornets scored four runs, including a three-run homer. The Gorillas answered in their next at bat with a two-run homer from Kreiling only to have Emporia hit four home runs for a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
    A three-run home run from freshman Andrew Vogelbaugh would not be enough to save the Gorillas, who fell to the Hornets 9-12.
    Vogelbaugh was 2-for-5 with three RBI’s, Christian Arnold was 5-for-5 with one run and two RBI’s, and Kreiling was 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBI’s.
    Senior Jake Stevenson, PSU’s pitching corps for the game, gave up seven runs off seven hits with five errors in six innings.

  • 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.

    Junior Deron Washington runs towards the end zone. This years spring football scrimmage gave the players a chance to showcase their skills for next season.

    Junior Deron Washington runs towards the end zone. This years spring football scrimmage gave the players a chance to showcase their skills for next season.

    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, went 10-15 for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
    “It took me a while to get started but in the end, we ended up winning,” he said. “Everybody played pretty well.”
    White (which has won the last two spring games) jumped ahead early in the game with a 25-yard field goal from Chad Levin, another transfer from the University of Tulsa.
    “Chad did a nice job,” Beck said. “He’s always been pretty accurate. He’s not quite as good as with his distance at times but does a nice job and is really consistent with his accuracy from 25 (yards on in).”
    Levin was the kicker for both teams.
    The first half of the game was a defensive contest for both sides, ending with a score of only 3-0 at halftime. The White team jump-started the second half with its quarterback Thomas LePage breaking loose for a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play to make it 10-0.
    Red responded with a couple of pass plays from Roderique to Daniel in a drive that resulted in a touchdown pass in the far corner of the end zone to get on the board.
    “We’ve been practicing these plays all spring,” Roderique said. “It was just a matter of executing how they’re supposed to be played.”
    After White failed to do anything with possession, Red moved the ball down field for its second touchdown.
    “Today’s game went pretty well,” Daniel said. “We had good play calls that worked pretty well. We got anticipated coverage and I just happened to get open. John (Roderique) made a good throw. Those were good plays. Overall, the spring has been really good. We’ve all improved in a lot of areas as a team. (Our) quarterbacks are both getting better as the weeks go by. It’s been a good spring.”
    The final drive of the game ended when LePage connected with wide receiver Levi Copelin close to midfield before safety Deron Washington stripped the ball away to return it for a 57-yard touchdown that clinched the game.
    “It’s one of those things where you don’t know until you watch the video for sure if he was down or not down but the officials didn’t rule him down,” Beck said. “We were going to let that be the last drive anyway. It was good to see the defense scoop it up and react fast. That’s nice to see that. There’s always positive and negative things on both sides of the ball.”
    With LePage and Roderique battling for the quarterback spot, Beck has said that the starting spot will not be set in stone until this fall.
    “Both Thomas and John played really well today,” Beck said. “They both competed well. We won’t determine anything until seven or 10 days before the first game.”
    Daniel says he has enjoyed working with both quarterbacks this spring.
    “Me and John, we live together,” he said. “We’re good friends but this is the first time we’ve actually played together. I’ve had pretty good timing with both him and Thomas. It’ll be fun to have both quarterbacks who can play pretty well at a high level. It’ll be awesome.”

  • 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.

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