The softball team played a doubleheader against Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) on Saturday, March 27 in Joplin. The Gorillas were not able to pull a win from either game (0-1, 1-6).
Head Softball Coach Ashley Balazs was disappointed in the turnout of the doubleheader.
“It wasn’t the end result that we wanted,” Balazs said. “I thought we played hard on defense (and) we made a lot of effort plays. Kaylee had a great outing. We just allowed them to kind of chip away, put up some runs there in the second game and then obviously, offensively it wasn’t our best outing. (We) didn’t make adjustments, didn’t stick to the game plan. (It was) kind of a poor outing.”
Kylee Bohle, sophomore in physical education, admits that the team struggled during the games.
“We came in looking for better results for both games,” Bohle said. “We just couldn’t get everything to click and struggled to produce at the plate.”
Despite the losses, Kaylee Burns, senior in accounting, thought the team did some things well.
“The games against Missouri Southern didn’t go as planned, but as a team we did a lot of things right,” Burns said. “We had good defense against Southern, but we couldn’t string hits together. We got hits and walks to get people on base, but we couldn’t score them.”
In game one, the Missouri Southern Lions held the Gorillas to only four hits throughout the game. Bohle made an early double but was stranded at third after a few outs. The Gorillas and the MSSU Lions continued the game, both teams scoreless until the sixth when the Missouri Southern Lion pulled away. Burns gave up four hits and scored one run in seven innings. Burns was credited with the loss for Pitt State.
“Paxtyn Hayes and Kami Zimmerman continue to stand out against our competition,” Burns said. “They are a big threat at the plate.”
In game two, the Gorillas posted five hits and a single run. Taylor Compton was credited with the loss.
“Kaylee Burns threw a great first game,” Bohle said. “We just couldn’t get the bats going to back her up.”
The softball team also played a doubleheader at home against Southwest Baptist on Wednesday, Mar. 31. The Gorillas won both games (2-1, 11-2).
Next up for the softball Gorillas is another doubleheader, this time against the Fort Hays State University Tigers on Friday, April 2 in Hays followed by a doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, April 3 in Kearney.
“I think we need to get our confidence back in the box,” Balazs said. “…(We need to) just get a look in our eyes that says, ‘no one’s better.”