RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- The Pitt State softball team moved to 17-11 on the season with two losses, 8-3 and 7-1, to the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (18-15) on Wednesday (March 27) afternoon.
The Gorillas had trouble stringing hits together. In game one, the team scored three runs on five hits and two Arkansas Tech errors, but had only one hit going into the sixth inning. Arkansas Tech scored its eight runs on 11 hits. In game two, Pitt State surrendered seven runs on eight hits and one error, while scoring only one run on six hits and an Arkansas Tech error. Though the Gorillas had only two fewer hits, they were not able to put more than two together in an inning.
Arkansas Tech started game one with three runs in the first inning.
PItt State answered with one run in the top of the second. Kreslee Ketcham led off the inning with a base hit. Katelyn Birchfield reached on a fielder's choice as Ketcham was put out at second. Birchfield stole second. Samantha Grove drew a walk. With two outs, Bradshaw reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Birchfield and Grove to advance and an error by the Golden Sun third baseman allowed Birchfield to score.
The Golden Suns added four moreruns in the fourth and one in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead.
PItt State scored one run each in the the op of the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Tiffany Brown led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on an error. She scored on a Kreslee Ketcham sacrifice fly. IN the seventh, Jordan Bradshaw led off with a triple. With one out, she came home on a base hit by Cheslyn Mitchell.
Arkansas Tech took a big lead early in the second game, scoring two runs in the first and four in the second.
The Gorillas scored its only run in the top of the third. Brenna George drew a two-out walk and stole second. Tiffany Brown added a second walk. Kreslee Ketcham drove a base hit through the left side to score the speedy George from second.
The Golden Suns stretch their lead back to six runs in the bottom of the inning with one more run for the final 7-1 score.
Samantha Grove started game one and pitched two thirds of an inning to take the loss and move to 3-3 on the season. She gave up three runs on four hits. Jessica Barnes relieved Grove with two outs in the first. She pitched 2.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Haleigh Sills threw the final three innings. She gave up two runs on four hits. She struck out two batters and walked one.
Sills started game two, throwing 1.2 innings to take the loss and move her record to 4-3. She gave up ix runs, only four of which were earned, on six hits. She struck out one batter and walked one. Kylie Harpst pitched the remaining 4.1 innings, giving up only one run on two hits. She walked two and struck out three.
Pitt State returns to action at the PSU Softball Complex on Friday, March 29 at 3 p.m. against Northwest Missouri State. The team will also play a doubleheader against No. 24 Missouri Western on Saturday, March 30 at noon. Beginning one hour before Saturday's game the PSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host Kids' Day at the Ballpark with games, prizes, snack and inflatables and an Easter Egg Hunt.