PITTSBURG -- Pitt State earned another MIAA win as they split a doubleheader with Fort Hays State on Saturday afternoon at the PSU Softball Complex. The Gorillas lost the first game 16-10, but won the second, 7-6.
Game one was a game of big innings for both teams.
Pitt State opened the scoring with a big first inning. Erin Eddy started the game with a base hit. Mannie DeCastro followed with a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. A Kreslee Ketcham base hit brought Eddy home for the first run of the game. Ketcham and DeCastro executed a double steal, scoring DeCastro and moving Ketcham to second. Hilary Erbert reached on an error by the Tiger secondbaseman. Kelsey Loncarich hit a two RBI double, scoring Ketcham and Erbert for the 4-0 lead.
Fort Hays State answered with four runs on six hits in the top of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
The Gorillas used another big inning to take a 9-4 run in the bottom of the second. Breanna McCracken and Eddy led off the inning with back-to-back base hits. DeCastro scored McCracken with a double. Eddy scored on a wild pitch that also moved DeCastro to third. With one out, Erbert hit a sacrifice fly to score DeCastro. Katelyn Birchfield and Loncarich continued the inning with back-to-back base hits. Both runners moved into scoring position on the second wild pitch of the inning. Kayla Sears knocked a base hit to center to score two more runs for the five-run lead.
Fort Hays tied the game again with five runs on five hits and a Gorilla error in the top of the fourth.
Ketcham broke the tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, giving Pitt State a 10-9 lift.
But Fort Hays would have the last word as they used the top of the seventh to score seven runs on seven hits and a Pitt State error for the 16-10 win.
Tiffany Brown pitched the first four innings for Pitt State before being relieved by Samantha George. George took the loss to move to 2-11 on the year.
Game two went back and forth. Fort Hays scored first with a solo home run in the opening frame.
Pitt State answered in the bottom half of the inning as Erbert hit a two run home run with two outs in the inning to put the Gorillas up 2-1.
Fort Hays took the lead again 3-2, with two runs in the top of the second. They went up 6-2 with three more runs in the top of the third.
Pitt State brought the game within one, 6-5, as they brought home three runs in the bottom of the third. McCracken opened the inning with a base hit. Eddy hit her third home run of the season well out of the park in left center for two runs and a 6-4 score. DeCastro added a double and then came home on a Ketcham RBI base hit.
Two more Pitt State runs in the bottom of the fifth gave the Gorillas their second conference win of the season. DeCastro led off with a base hit. Ketcham walked and Erbert added a base hit to load the bases. With two outs, Sears hit a base hit through the right side to bring home DeCastro and Ketcham for the 7-6 lead.
The Pitt State defense and great pitching from Jessica Barnes held strong through the final four innings. Though Pitt State did allow Fort Hays base runners, no one was able to cross the plate. Barnes earned her second win of the season and evened her record at 2-2.
Kayla Rupa pitched both games for Fort Hays. Her record remains even at 11-11.
Pitt State travels to Jefferson City, Mo. for a makeup doubleheader with Lincoln on Monday afternoon.