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Softball Wins Two in Day Two

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Bentonville, AR. - The Pittsburg State softball team improved to 3-1 on the season with wins over Minnesota-Duluth, 4-3, and Harding, 6-2, on Saturday (Feb. 15) in the second day of the Eight State Classic.

Pitt State and Minnesota-Duluth each had six hits in the first game of the day, but the Gorillas were able to space their hits and add one more run for the 4-3 win.

Freshmen came up big for the Gorillas against the Bulldogs. Kylie Guthier paced the team with a 2-for-3 performance with a home run, RBI and run scored. Nicole Nease was 1-for-2 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Bailey Letts also added a double and a run scored.

Samantha Grove came in the game with two outs in the third to earn her first win of the season. She gave up only three hits and struck out one batter.

The Gorillas used 11 hits and a Bison error to earn the 6-2 win over Harding. The Bison got eight hits on the game. McKenzie Rynard went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Bailey Letts continued her strong performance from the first game with a 3-for-3 game with a triple, a run and an RBI. Breanna McCracken was 2-for-3.

Haleigh Sills came in the game in relief of Kylie Harpst with one out in the third inning, earning her first win of the year. She allowed only three hits and struck out three batters.

Pitt State opened the scoring in the second inning against Minnesota-Duluth as Nease hit her first career home run, a two-run shot over the left field fence.

The Bulldogs answered with three runs in the third. Three of the teams six hits came in that inning, and paired with two walks, resulted in three runs and gave UMD a 3-2 lead. Grove came in the game after the second walk to relieve starter Sills and she force the batter to ground out for the final out of the inning.

With one out in the fourth, Nease and Letts drew back-to-back walks, forcing a Bulldog pitchiong change. Nease was thrown out at home after base hit to right by McCracken, but another base hit by Jordan Bradshaw scored Letts to tie the game.

Guthier hit her game winning solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Gorillas were first on the board again against Harding. Guthier led off the inning with a base hit. She moved to second on a Rynard sacrifice bunt, then used back-to-back hits by Letts and Mitchell to score the first run.

Harding scored both of its run in the top of the third, using three doubles and a sacrifice fly two score two runs. After the third double and with one out, Sills entered the game to replace Kylie Harpst in the circle for the Gorillas. She shut down the Bison rally as she forced a ground out to first and caught the final batter of the inning looking, but the Gorillas still trailed 2-1.

Pitt State immediately responded in the bottom half of the inning. With one out Tiffany Brown drove a double down the left field line. Rynards two-out home run put the Gorillas up again, 3-2.

McCracken led off the fourth with a double down the left field line. She moved to third on a bunt single by Jordan Bradshaw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brown for a 4-2 lead.

The final two runs came in the top of the fifth. The inning was again starter with a double, this time by Rynard. She scored on a Bailey Letts triple. Letts was able to cross the plate just an out later on an error by the Bison catcher.

Pitt State will finish Eight State Classic play on Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. game against Rockhurst and a 1:30 game with William Jewell.

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