EMPORIA, Kan. -- The Pittsburg State softball team fell to 17-17 on the season and 5-9 in MIAA play with 6-1 and 3-2 losses to Emporia State (24-9, 11-3 MIAA) on Friday (April 5).
Pitt State scored its one run off four hits in game one, while Emporia scored six runs on eight hits and two Pitt State errors. Tiffany Brown had two of the Gorillas' four hits on the game.
The Gorillas scored their one run in the top of the first, but were not able to get a runner beyond second after that. In the top of the first, Jordan Bradshaw reached reached with a one-out walk. She advanced to second on a Kreslee Ketcham ground out. Bradshaw came home on a Tiffany Brown base hit to right.
Kyndel Shelburn started the game in the circle for PItt State. She pitched five innings, striking out seven batters and walking three. Shelburn's record now stands at 6-6 on the season. She gave up seven hits and six runs, five earned. Jessica Barnes pitched the final inning.
The Gorillas had only three hits in the game two, but were able to score two runs off those hits and two Emporia State errors. The Lady Hornets scored three runs off eight hits and one Gorilla error.
Pitt State scored first in the top of the second. Tiffany Brown led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. Sam Grove followed with a bunt single. McKenzie Rynard laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by the Lady Hornets, allowing Brown to score and advancing Grove ot third. Catie Cummins knocked a base hit up the middle to score Grove for a 2-0 PItt State lead.
Emporia State score off a lead off home run by Cacy Williams in the bottom of the second.
Pitt State was able to hang on to the lead as only two runners were allowed on base until the bottom of the seventh. Williams led off the inning with a double. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Taylor Reichard squeeze bunt to tie the game. A base hit by Jessica Brewer out runners on first and second. Brewer was put out at second on a fielder's choice play that gave PItt State two outs on the inning, but put runners at first and third. A throwing error allowed Reichard to score from third and ended the game in the 3-2 Gorilla loss.
Haleigh Sills pitched the complete game for Pitt State. She struck out three batters and did not give up a walk. With the loss, her record is now 4-4.
The Gorillas return to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. matchup at Washburn.