The Pittsburg State softball team was originally scheduled to to play in a tournament hosted by Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo. this weekend. When that tournament was cancelled due to a poor weather forecast, the Gorillas were determined to take advantage of any break in the weather to get in all-important regional games at the PSU Softball Complex this weekend.
The Gorillas will start the weekend at 2 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 28) with a game against Wayne State, followed immediately with a game against Sioux Falls. On Saturday, Pitt State will play Wayne State at 1 p.m. and Sioux Falls at 3 p.m. Northwest Missouri will play the opposite schedule on the complex's second field.
Both Wayne State and Sioux Falls are members of the Northern Sun Conference and in the same region as the Gorillas. Performance against in region teams plays a crucial role in determining post-season bids.
Wayne State is 2-2 on the new season, after opening the season at the Kelly Laas memorial Dome Invitational in St. Cloud, Minn. They opened the season with wins over Nebraska-Kearney, 11-2, and Concordia, 5-4, before falling to MIssouri Western, 2-1, and Emporia State, 6-1.
The Wildcats hit .298 as a team, while holding opponents to a .286 batting average. The pitching staff has a 2.88 ERA.
Five players hit .300 or better on the season, led by Kaiti Williams with a .455 average, though none of her hits have been for extra bases. Megan Hagemann leads the team in RBI with five and hits .400. Six different players have each scored two runs on the season and Kelcie Bormann leads the team with three runs scored. The Wildcats have only six extra base hits on the season, five doubles and a home run.
Sara Scheffert has thrown the most inning for the Wildcats and has a 2-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. She allows opponents only a .245 batting average. Bormann and Cassy Miller each have 0-1 records in two appearances. Bormann has yet to give up an earned run, while Miller has a 6.00 ERA.
Sioux Falls has played only two games and earned wins over Jamestown, 5-2, and Valley City State, 2-1. The Cougars hit .345 as a team and has held opponents to a .140 batting average. The pitchers have a 1.50 ERA. The Cougar defense did not commit an error in its first two games.
Six players hits above .400, with three hitting .500 or better.
Amber Prow and Amanda Walters each have a win from the pitching circle. Prow has not yet given up an earned run, while Walters has a 2.33 ERA. Walters has pitched the majority of the innings with 9.0 IP on the season.
The Gorillas are 6-4 on the season after having split their last two series, at home against Arkansas Tech and on the road at Rogers State. They hit .259 as a team and score 5.2 runs per game. Opponents hit .291, but are only scoring 4.5 runs per game.
Four Gorillas hit .300 or better on the season, led by Tiffany Brown with a .448 batting average. Brown leads the team in hits (13), runs (13), RBI (18) and home runs (6). She has a 1.103 slugging percentage and a .541 on base percentage. Nicole Nease hits .368 (7-17) batting average. She has hit two doubles and two home runs on the season and leads the team in walks with seven. Jordan Bradshaw adds a .333 average and Bailey Letts hits at a .313 clip. Letts has 10 hits on the season so far, including two doubles and a triple.
The Pitt State pitching staff has a 3.53 team ERA. Sam Grove is the team's top pitcher with a 4-0 record and a 1.52 ERA in seven appearances with two starts. She has thrown 32.1 innings, giving up 26 hits and only seven earned runs. She has struck out 10 batters, while walking 11. Haleigh Sills has a 1-2 record in six apperances with five starts. She has thrown 21.1 innings. Kylie Harpst is 1-1 on the season and has thrown 10.1 innings. Tiffany Brown earned her first decision against Rogers State after seeing limited innings in the early part of the season. She is 0-1 with a 2.62 ERA.
Live stats will be available for each of the Gorillas four games this weekend.
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