The Pitt State softball team played three doubleheaders against Northwest Missouri, Missouri Western, and Southwest Baptist University (SBU). The Gorillas won both games against Northwest Missouri (8-4, 7-4) Friday, April 12 before dropping the next two to Missouri Western (3-13, 2-7) Saturday, April 13. The last doubleheader was Tuesday, April 16 and the team rebounded to win both games against Southwest Baptist (6-1, 9-1).
Head coach Ashley Balazs believes the team played well during the matches on Friday and on Tuesday.
“On Friday we did a really really good job at the plate… (and) scored a lot of runs,” Balazs said. “Our pitchers put low numbers up which allowed our offense to really, really take off… and then yesterday was a really, really solid day for us. Our pitchers did a great job, only gave up seven or eight hits all day which is very, very impressive… took a little bit to get (our offense) going there in the first game but we ended the day really, really well…”
In the first match against Northwest Missouri, junior Dru Collins, junior Makenzie Goswick, freshman Keelah Griffith, and junior Madison Wegner all had two apiece. Wegner had four RBIs and Goswick added two. Wegner had a total of seven putouts, Goswick added four, junior Kala Holder had three, and junior Kaity Kukowski had one. Kukowski and Holder each added two assists apiece.
In the second game against Northwest Missouri, Collins, Kukowski, Griffith, and junior Brittanee Knepper all had two hits apiece. Knepper had two RBIs and Griffith and Collins each had one. Kukowski had a total of six putouts and Wegner and senior Ali Gutc each had one apiece. Hodler had seven assists and Kukowski had four.
In the first game against SBU on Tuesday, Collins, Goswick, Kukowski, and senior Alicia Lowrey all had one hit apiece. Goswick and Kukowski each had two RBIs and Collins added one. Wegner had a total of 12 putouts, Goswick had three, Collins had two, and Holder added one. Holder added one assist.
In game two against SBU, Holder and Griffith each had two hits and Collins and freshman Mareika Turpen each had one. Holder had a total of five RBIs and Griffith and Collins each had one apiece. Goswick compiled a total of 10 putouts and Wegner added three. Knepper had four assists and Kukowski had three.
A few players stood out to Balazs during the matches.
“… Kaity and Makenzie are doing a good job and then Wagner is doing a good job at the bottom portion of the lineup…,” Balazs said.
Balazs hopes to see the team continue to win games.
“We have to come out and do well against Northeastern… So, we definitely need to find a way to get some wins,” Balazs said.
The softball team’s next match is a doubleheader against Northeastern State University Friday, April 26 here in Pittsburg. Following that match is another doubleheader against Central Oklahoma aturday, April 27.