Softball Uses Long Ball to Earn Doubleheader Sweep
Press Release PSU:
The Pittsburg State softball team hit seven runs in two wins over Southwest Baptist on Wednesday afternoon at the PSU Softball Complex. The Gorillas won game one, 7-5, on a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh, and game two, 10-4.
Six different players hit the seven long balls. In the first game, Kylie Guthier, Nicole Nease and Cheslyn Mitchell each hit one. In game two, Alex Perez hit two, while Lawren McKinney and McKenzie Rynard each hit one.
Emmie Robertson earned the win in the circle for the Gorillas in game one. She struck out 12 batters, while giving up five runs on eight hits. She is now 3-2 on the season. Zoe Price earned the game two win to improve to 2-0 on the year. She gave up four runs on 10 hits while striking out six and walking only one.
Pitt State’s offense had 24 total hits on the day, as they scored seven runs on 10 hits in game one and 10 runs on 14 hits in game two.
Southwest Baptist was on the board first in game one with a run off a solo home run in the top of the third. The Gorillas answered in the bottom of the fourth. Rynard walked and Kylie Guthier followed with a home run to left for a 2-1 Pitt State lead.
The top of the fifth saw the Bearcats go up 3-2 with two runs on two hits and a walk. They took a two run lead on a solo home run by pinch hitter Addie Murders in the top of the sixth.
The Gorillas were able to answer again. Guthier reached on a one out base hit. Then it was Nease’s turn for a home run, this one to left center, to tie the game at 4-4.
The Bearcats third home run of the game gave them a 5-4 lead in the final evening.
Pitt State was not about to give up. Katy Remy set the table for the Gorillas with a base hit through the right side. Ashton Pratt followed with another base hit. Mitchell, who was 0-3 with a strikeout and two infield ground outs in the game, came up big with the three-run, walk-off home run for the 7-5 win.
Southwest Baptist was first to score again in the second game, scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the second.
This time the Gorillas’ answer was more immediate and decisive. Perez started the scoring with her first home run of the season, a one-out long ball to left. Remy followed with a base hit up the middle and McCreath added a base hit through the left side. McKinney stepped up to the plate and her first career hit as a Gorilla was a three-run home run to center for a 4-2 lead. The Gorillas were not done, however, as Pratt added a base hit through the left side, the stole second to put herself in scoring position. She used her speed to motor home on a Mitchell base hit through the right side. That forced a Bearcat pitching change and the next two batter were put out to end the Gorilla threat.
Perez hit home runs in back-to-back at bats, as she put the Gorillas up 6-2 with a home run to center in the third.
McKinney led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the left field line. She stole third and came home on an RBI ground out by Pratt.
The fifth saw Pitt State take an 8-2 lead. The Gorillas again led off the inning with a double, this one by Nease. She moved to third on a Perez base hit and scored on a Remy sacrifice fly.
Southwest Baptist closed the gap a bit in the top of the sixth on two hits, including a bases clearing triple. The Gorilla defense was sharp in the inning, taking out the lead runner at third twice in the inning to prevent more runs from scoring.
Mitchell used a two out double to set up Rynard’s two run home run for the final 10-4 lead.
Pitt State was scheduled to play in the Teri Mathes Zenner Memorial Tournament in Joplin this weekend, but it has been canceled due topredicted weather conditions this weekend.