Splittin’ hard

Gorillas come away with one in St. Louis Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State University baseball team finished its two-game stint on the road against the University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons on Tuesday, April 9, in split fashion. In the first game, Missouri-St. Louis came out hot: They scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. The Tritons capitalized on a Tyler Bunge double to right-center field, which allowed Lucas Matecki to score. Bunge advanced to third, and Nolan Craig scored on a George Brandecker wild pitch during the next at-bat. In the bottom of the sixth, Missouri-St. Louis’s Paul Richmond singled up the middle for an RBI, allowing Paul Moritz…

Weather not a factor for softball team

Gorillas reel off six straight wins Tyler Smith | reporter The Pittsburg State softball team pushed its winning streak to six games with a sweep of the Drury University Panthers on Wednesday, March 13, and with its two wins in the MSSU Border Battle the previous weekend. In the Border Battle, the Gorillas faced Upper Iowa, winning by a score of 8-1, while defeating the Missouri Western Griffons, 2-1. “[It was a] pretty good fight, we competed,” said head coach Elizabeth Economon. “What was really nice was, we competed for two whole games. So that was one of those things where we’re really working towards complete games.” Economon says that she believes her team is…

‘Roller-coaster’ season for women’s team

Tyler Smith | reporter The women’s basketball team’s season was quite a roller-coaster ride. The year was fraught with extreme highs and lows: They went from being the team ranked No. 3 in the nation heading into the season to losing in the first round of the MIAA tournament. With such high expectations, players such as sophomore standout forward Lizzy Jeronimus say that they haven’t really accepted the fact that there will no longer be basketball after their first-round exit against Missouri Western. “I don’t think it’s hit us yet,” Jeronimus said. “I don’t think we realize that we’re not going to come to practice tomorrow.” Among the many stories from this year, one of…

Kansas City bound

Bullard leads Gorillas past Bulldogs Tyler Smith | sports reporter The Gorillas scored seven points in the final 17 seconds of the Monday, March 4, play-in game to come away with the win against the Truman State Bulldogs. With the win, the Gorillas punched their ticket to the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Losing early on, the Bulldogs came back strong with a 23-9 run to gain the lead with just over eight minutes left to play. Senior forward Rico Pierrevilus drained a three-pointer with only 17 seconds left to play to put the Gorillas up by four. With only 11 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs pushed the ball down the court in an attempt…

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Four Gorillas reach double digits, take down rival Lions     Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, Feb. 27 with a nail-biter against MIAA conference rival, Missouri Southern State University. PSU won the game 94-91, and managed to survive a huge 59-point second half from the Missouri Southern Lions with the help of a 49-point first half of its own. The Gorillas were up by as many as 19 points in the first half and were never behind at any point in the game. Missouri Southern climbed within one point late in the second half before Pitt State’s Kaleb Porter made a layup and…

Gorillas break even in Florida tournament

Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State softball team began its season in Saint Leo, Fla., for the second consecutive year by competing in the Saint Leo Invitational. The Gorillas had a pair of wins and a pair of losses at the two-day tournament. Against Northwood University, the Gorillas won big, 11-3, while losing 6-5 against Saint Leo University in the second game. The Gorillas outscored Tarleton State, 6-1, in the first game of the second day before losing 7-0 to the University of Tampa. Elizabeth Economon, head coach, said her team looked good in its first outing and says she hopes the players will improve as they move on toward Oklahoma Christian University in…

Bitter Border Battle

Eric Ray, Junior guard player tries to pass on ball to score against missouri southern state university at the Weede on Wednesday, Feb 9.

PSU, MSSU 40 year rivalry continues Tyler Smith | reporter Rivalries are what make the college experience an unforgettable one. For many, school pride is in their blood and they will defend it at any cost. For Pitt State that is no different. With MIAA conference foes like Northwest Missouri being such a bitter rival, the teams must meet at a neutral site: Arrowhead Stadium. It is much the same for nearby conference rival Missouri Southern University that the Gorillas played in football against for decades. The two teams competed against each other in football 45 times going all the way back to 1968, which also happened to be the first year MSSU became a…

Men search for consistency

Tyler Smith | reporter The Pitt State men’s basketball team continued its win one, lose one trend, knocking off the Truman State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a score of 79-75. The Gorillas then lost a heartbreaker to Southwest Baptist, 81-75. Against the Bulldogs, Pitt State went on a 13-3 run after finding itself down by seven points in the second half to gain the lead. Despite a valiant effort from Truman State, the Gorillas made 16 off 28 shots in the second half to come out with the victory. Also, this past Saturday, Pitt State faced a strong-willed SBU Bearcat squad that fought to the bitter end. Despite being down 22 points at…

Bittersweet weekend

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Tyler Smith | reporter Track team shines in Lincoln, drops the ball in Joplin The Pitt State track and field team sent some of its athletes to compete at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., for a Division I meet on Saturday while the rest of the team found itself in Joplin, Mo., for the Lion Invitational held at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center. In Lincoln, senior Emily Ballock placed a provisional qualifying mark of 2 minutes, 14.11 seconds in the women’s 800 meters while senior Adam Volkert ran for a sixth place spot in the men’s 5,000-meter race with a time of 14 minutes and 51.62 seconds. For the men’s 800-meter…

Volleyball ‘kills’ final opponents

First winning season since 2009 Tyler Smith | Sports Reporter The Pitt State volleyball team ended the 2012 season on a high note, routing MIAA opponents Missouri Western and Missouri Southern. The win earned the team its purchase viagra online first winning season since 2009, as it finished 17-13. The Gorillas beat the Griffons in four sets, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 25-12. PSU took the first and fourth sets easily, but struggled in sets two and three. Missouri Western was able to take the second set, but they couldn’t keep up with the Gorillas in the third, despite 11 ties and four lead changes. After a 24-23 lead earned by a kill by senior Brooke Fay,…