The Pitt State softball team lost two MIAA doubleheaders against Emporia State University (3-4, 1-5) and Washburn University (0-3, 3-8) Sunday, March 31 and Monday, April 1.
Head coach Ashley Balazs believes the team did very well as far as pitching and defense went.
“Well we had three really… good pitching performances out of the four games,” Balazs said. “Our backs were just a little slow getting going… We made some pretty good defensive plays in some of the games… but our pitching did great job leading the way…”
In the first game against Emporia on Sunday, senior Alicia Lowrey had a total of two hits and redshirt junior Dru Collins, junior Kaity Kukowski, and junior Makenzie Goswick all had one hit apiece. Lowrey added one RBI. Junior Madison Wegner had a total of seven putouts, Goswick had four, junior Brittanee Knepper had three, and Collins had a total of two. Knepper added three assists.
In game two against Emporia on Sunday, Goswick had two hits and Dru, junior Mikayla Mahlo, and junior Makayla Lamphier all had one hit. Goswick had eight putouts and Knepper, Kukowski, and junior Kala Holder each had three apiece. Knepper added two assists and Goswick, Kukowski, and Holder all added one apiece.
In the first game against Washburn on Monday, Collins, Holder, and Goswick each had one hit apiece. Goswick added five putouts and Knepper and Kukowski each had three apiece. Junior Halle Brin had three assists, Knepper had two assists, and Kukowski added one.
In game two against Washburn on Monday, freshman Madison Szymanski and Knepper each had one run. Freshman Keelah Griffith had two RBIs. Szymanski and Knepper each had two hits and Collins and Griffith each had one. Goswick had a total of seven putouts, Lowrey had five, and freshman Shelby Smith had one. Smith and Kukowski each made three assists and Lowrey added one.
According to Balazs, the team has a few things they need to improve before their next matches.
“Really just being on time and good selection at the plate,” Balazs said. “Defensively just a couple balls where we had to move our feet a little bit… we need to work on that. Our pitchers did a great job for the most part we still just need to be able to close the door and close out games in the sixth and the seventh.”
Balazs hopes to see break their losing streak during their upcoming games.
“To get going on the winning side again and just go out and compete and play the game that we love,” Balazs said.
The Gorillas next game is a doubleheader Friday, April 5 against Lindenwood in St. Charles. Game one will begin at 2 p.m. and game two is set start at 4 p.m. After that, the softball team will battle Lincoln in another doubleheader Saturday, April 6 in Jefferson City. Game one of that doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. and game two will begin at 2 p.m.