Season ends with split against UCM

Breaks MIAA Team HR Records | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team saw its season come to an end after a split against the University of Central Missouri on Saturday, April 26, in Warrensburg, Mo. Before taking on the Jennies, the team first faced the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist in a doubleheader on Friday, April 25, in Bolivar, Mo. The Gorillas got a good start in game one when junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit a solo home run in the top of the first. The Bearcats responded in the bottom half of the inning scoring twice, to take a 2-1 lead. In the third inning PSU tied the game with an RBI single…

Women sweep Newman and Drury

Brown breaks single season MIAA HR Record | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team has won its last five games and currently sits 27-23 overall and 9-13 in MIAA play. Pitt State took on Drury University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16. In game one senior Tiffany Brown hit a two-run home run. This was her 24th of the season, which broke the MIAA single-season record. Junior McKenzie Rynard followed with a solo home run of her own. Junior Avery Beard and freshman Kylie Guthier hit RBI singles to give the Gorillas a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Alex Perez hit a home run in the third to give Pitt State a 6-0…

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…

Softball splits Lindenwood, 17-17 overall

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Gorilla softball team has lost five of its last seven games. On Friday, March 28, Pitt State faced Northwest Missouri State for a doubleheader in Maryville, Mo. The Gorillas trailed 9-0 after the first two innings of game one. PSU scored three runs in the fourth, one coming from a solo home run by junior McKenzie Rynard. The other runs were scored off of a two-RBI single by sophomore Jordan Bradshaw. The Gorillas added another run in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not catch up to the Bearcats, who won the game with a final score of 9-5. Game two also failed to go in favor of…

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…

5-game winning streak

Rynard named MIAA Astroturf hitter of the week | Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team has been on a roll of late, winning its last five games. PSU took on Missouri Southern in a double header on March 7. In game one, Pitt State got off to a good start. Junior McKenzie Rynard had an RBI single in the first inning, giving the Gorillas an early lead. In the third inning, freshman Nicole Nease had an RBI single and sophomore Alex Perez had two-RBI doubles, putting the Gorillas at 4-0. Junior Cheslyn Mitchell scored another run in the fifth. The Lions answered Mitchell’s RBI single with a run of their own, making…

3-game winning streak

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team won all three of its games at home this weekend, making its record 9-4 overall. The tournament the Gorillas were supposed to play at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was canceled, but that did not keep the Gorillas off the field. Pitt State played three games at home against other teams from the tournament. The first game was against Wayne State (Neb.) on Feb 28. Pitt State took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by freshman Nicole Nease and an RBI double by junior McKenzie Rynard. Wayne State tied the game in the second. Pitt State took the lead in…

Off to a rocky start

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pittsburg State softball team played its home opener against Arkansas Tech on Feb. 22. Game one of the double-header went the Gorillas’ way. Arkansas Tech got things started with a three-run home run to jump out to a quick lead. Pitt State answered with two runs. The first run came on an RBI single by senior Tiffany Brown. The Gorillas got the second run when Freshman Kylie Guthier hit into a double-play. Pitt State trailed, 4-2, going into the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Junior Cheslyn Mitchell hit an RBI triple,and sophomore Jordan Bradshaw had an RBI double to tie the game, 4-4. Sophomore Alex Perez hit…

Gorillas start the season strong

| Dakota Smith reporter | The Pitt State softball team got its season off to a good start, going 4-2 in the Arkansas-Monticello Classic on Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, in Bentonville, Ark. PSU played two games each day, the first against Upper Iowa University. The Gorillas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Senior Brenna George scored on a throwing error and junior McKenzie Rynard had an RBI double. The Gorillas then added three more runs in the second and three on a three-run homer by Brown. She had six RBIs for the game. Sophomore Kylie Harpst pitched a complete game, allowing five earned runs and struck…