MIAA Championships

| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor | The Pittsburg State golf team wrapped up its 2014 season at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships in Lawrence, Kan. with a 12th place finish. The tournament took place at the Alvamar Country Club from Monday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 23, and was played over the course of three rounds. Battling against Southwest Baptist to avoid last place, the Gorillas were in 11th place at the end of the first and second rounds before falling into third in the third round to the Bearcats by six strokes. The Gorillas ended with a score of 955. Leading the way was junior Justice Valdivia who shot a 75 in…

Now 15-27, overall

Baseball loses five strait | Michael Bauer Sports Editor | The Pitts State baseball team has lost its last five games and now sits at 15-27 overall and 10-21 in MIAA play. The Gorillas took on their rival Missouri Southern on April 15. Pitt State got off to a good start with an RBI single by junior Nathan Arnold. The Gorillas scored another run in the second on a ball by Missouri Southern pitcher Skylar Hill. The game fell apart for the Gorillas in the sixth and seventh innings. The Lions scored three runs in each inning to take a 6-2 lead. Pitt State scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Arnold…

21-21 overall

Softball sweep Missouri Southern | Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State softball team swept their rival Missouri Southern in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 9. In game one, the Gorillas jumped to a 6-0 lead after the bottom of the second. Junior McKenzie Rynard got things started with a solo home run. Sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI single. Senior Brenna George had a two-RBI double and senior Tiffany Brown had a two-RBI single. Missouri Southern scored two in the top of the third to make the score 6-2. The Gorillas scored three in the bottom of the fourth. The first run came on an RBI single by Rynard and the…

Golf ends 4-day competition

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State golf team spent the weekend competing at the Bethel Spring Invitational on Sunday, March 30, before heading south for the Central Oklahoma Broncho Invitational on Tuesday, April 1. Pitt State tied for fifth place at Bethel out of the 16 teams competing and placed 11th out of 12 teams competing at UCO. In Bethel at the Newton’s Sand Creek Golf Club, the Gorillas took a team score of 648 in the 36-hole competition. Junior Jordan Dunham and junior Brandon Winfrey led the Gorillas with 161 scores each. Both athletes finished in a tie for 20th place among individuals. Dunham and Winfrey also posted rounds of 76…

Women’s basketball ends season in 83-77 loss

| Michael Bauer sports editor | They turned an 18-point deficit into a second-half lead but in the end, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the fourth-seeded Wayne State Wildcats. The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team’s season came to an end with an 83-77 loss in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday, March 14. With the loss, the Gorillas finished their second-best season in school history, going 23-8. “I’m just real proud of our basketball team,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “Awesome year and showed the guts and determination that our team has, because we were really down-and-out in that first half, turning the ball over and just really got ourselves…

Softball sits at 15-13 after loss to UMSL

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State softball team managed to get one game out of the way on Wednesday, March 26, in a double header against Missouri-St. Louis. Unfortunately, the Gorillas were delivered a loss, 9-1, in game one and were down by six runs in the third inning before the rest of game two was called due to inclement weather at the Pitt State Softball Complex. The Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis improved their record to 19-2 overall with the only losses coming to NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri and Division II No. 1-ranked Central Oklahoma. The Gorillas had as many as six errors in game one and were down by three…

Golf finishes 12th

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pittsburg State University men’s golf team competed at the Dave Falconer Memorial on Tuesday, March 11, at the Chamberlyne Country Club in Russellville, Ark. The Gorillas finished 12th out of 17 teams. Pitt State posted a round of 315 to finish the 36-hole competition with a 624 team score. The meet lasted from Monday, March 10, and concluded the following day. Junior Jordan Dunham was the leading scorer for the Gorilla golfers, finishing with an individual score of 156 after hitting 78 in both rounds. Dunham placed 50th among individual scores. Sophomore Zach Fate also ended with 156 after finishing the first round with 75 and then hitting…

Women fall in post-season tournament

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Gorilla women headed into the MIAA basketball tournament on a 12-game winning streak, a streak that included victories over second-seeded Emporia State and Washburn University. But the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist didn’t seem to care. On Thursday, March 6, in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium, the 11th-seeded Bearcats (13-16) delivered a shocking defeat to the Gorillas (23-7) with a final score of 67-65 and only 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Alex Botkin of SBU scored the final five points after the Gorillas took a 65-60 lead with 90 seconds left, including the game-tying 3-pointer and the game-winning put back. The loss eliminated the Gorillas from the MIAA tournament….

Overtime loss ends men’s season

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The Pitt State men’s basketball team knew it needed a victory to have a shot at making this week’s MIAA basketball tournament. PSU fought for its season, but in the end it wasn’t enough as Washburn ended the Gorillas’ season with a 92-90 overtime victory, on senior day, at John Lance Arena on Saturday, March. 1. A victory against the Ichabods was not only coveted, but needed, along with a victory of the Southwest Baptist Bearcats against Missouri Western Griffons. SBU kept up its end of the bargin with a win, but with PSU’s defeat, none of it mattered. Pitt State trailed by 76-69 late in regulation before junior…

Gorilla men win MIAA title; women fourth

| Michael Bauer sports editor | One and a-half points. That’s all that separated the Pittsburg State men’s track team from second place at the conference indoor track and field title as the Gorillas claimed the championship on Sunday, March 2. The Gorillas outdid the Lions of Missouri Southern State at the MIAA championship in Joplin, Mo. PSU finished with 130.5 total points over MSSU’s 129. It was the Gorillas first indoor league title in 19 years and the program’s third MIAA indoor title overall. The title ended a six-year run by Central Missouri University as the Mules took fourth with 77.2 points. It all started with senior Adam Volkert, who won the mile run…