SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In its first taste of MIAA action under head coach Annette Hunt-Shepherd the Gorillas fell 6-0 to Northwest MIssouri before a heartbreaking 10-9 extra-inning loss to Truman. The Gorillas have two more days of action remaining in the MIAA Crossover hosted by Southwest Baptist in Springfield, Mo.
The Gorillas tallied six hits against Northwest MIssouri, but also committed two errors and gave up 13 hits. Maniie DeCastro led the team with two base hits. ONe a bunt single and one a base hit up the middle. Katelyn Birchfield had the team's only extra base hit, a double.
The Gorillas had several chances to score, getting runners as far as third in each the second third and fourth innings, but were just not able to push a run across.
Tiffany Brown pitched 4.2 innings to take the loss, moving her record to 2-5 on the year. She gave up all six runs on nine hits. She also struck out five batters. Samantha Grove pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up four hits.
Pitt State out hits TRuman in game two, 14-10, but the game came down to the eighth inning. With the game tied at 8-8, Truman scored four runs in the top hald of the inning, but PItt State was only able to answer with three in the bottom half for the 10-9 loss. Erin Eddy started the last half inning on second due to international tiebreaker rules. Katelyn Birchfield stepped up and knocked a double to left to bring her home. With one out, DeCastro hit a home run, scoring two runs and making the scored 10-9 in favor of Truman. After the second out. Kelsey Loncarich attempted to continue the Gorillas rally with a double. Brown was hit by a pitch, but the the next batter flew out for the final out of the game
DeCastro and Hilary Erbert each had three hits in the game. Erin Eddy and DeCastro each hit a home run in the game.
Erbert pitched the first five innings for the Gorillas. She gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits. She also walked three batters and struck out three. Jessica Barnes finished the game, taking the loss for the Gorillas. She gave up Seven runs, only three earned, on seven hits.
PItt State will face Nebraska-Omaha at 10 a.m. and Washburn at noon on Saturday.