Press Release PSU:
The Pitt State Softball team improved to 11-4 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of rival Missouri Southern on Friday (March 7) evening at Lea Kungle Field. Pitt Tate won the first game, 9-1, and the second, 10-3.
Pitt State had 15 hits in the first game. Brenna George, McKenzie Rynard and Alex Perez each had three hits in the game. Two of Perez's hits were doubles. Tiffany Brown added two. Perez and Jordan Bradshaw each recorded two RBI for the Gorillas, while Bailey Letts and Nicole Nease each scored two runs.
Sam Grove earned the complete game win for the Gorillas to improve to 7-0 on the season. She gave up only one run on five hits. She walked two batters and struck out one.
In game two, Pitt State scored 10 runs on 12 hits and two Missouri Southern errors. Five of Pitt State's hits were for extra bases, three doubles, one triple and a home run. The Lions scored three runs on six hits and two Gorilla errors.
Cheslyn Mitchell led the Gorillas with a 3-for-4 performance. George, Brown and Rynard each added two hits. George, Letts and Mitchell led the Gorillas with two runs scored a piece. Letts and Bradshaw each recorded two RBI.
Haleigh Sills pitched the complete game for the Gorillas to improve to 3-2 on the season. Only one of the three runs she gave up in the game was earned. She struck out three batters and walked three.
Pitt State scored first in the opening inning of game one. With one out, Bailey Letts was hit by a pitch. Brown walked. McKenzie Rynard grabbed a two-out base hit to score Letts for a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Brenna George led off with a base hit to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Letts. With two outs, she moved into scoring position on a passed balled. A Nicole Nease brought her home for a 2-0 Gorilla lead. Rynard added another base hit. Alex Perez knocked a double to center to score Nease and Rynard to put Pitt State up 4-0.
In the fifth, Brown got the Gorillas going with a one-out base hit to left. Nease reached on a fielder's choice that saw Brown put out at second. Three consecutive two-out base hits by Rynard, Perez and Cheslyn Mitchell scored Nease for the five-run lead.
The Lions scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth on a hit batter, a base hit and an RBI fielder's choice.
The Gorillas added its sixth run in the sixth as Letts scored on a Brown RBI base hit to left.
Perez started the Gorillas in their final at bat with a one-out double. She moved to third on a Mitchell ground out for the second out of the inning. Grove added another double to score Perez. Jordan Bradshaw stepped up to the plate and sent her lone hit of the game over the left field fence for her second home run of the season and the final 9-1 score.
Pitt State was on the board first again in the top of the first of game two. George led off the game with a base hit. She moved to second on a Letts sacrifice. Brown was intentionally walked. Nease reached on a fielder's choice that put Brown out at second, but moved George 60 feet from scoring. A Missouri Southern error allowed Mitchell to reach first and George to score for a 1-0 lead.
Missouri Southern answered with a run on a hit and a Gorilla error in the bottom of the first.
Pitt State went up by a run again in the second. Mitchell led off with a double. She moved to third on a Bre McCracken sacrifice. A Bradshaw sacrifice fly brought home Mitchell for a one-run Gorilla lead once again.
Again Missouri Southern answered with a run on a hit and a Gorilla error in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at 2-2.
Pitt State used a three-run third to go up 5-2. Letts reached on an error to lead off the inning. Brown followed with a base hit. A sacrifice bunt by Nease moved both runners up. McKenzie Rynard's sacrifice fly to center scored Letts. Perez added a base hit to score Brown and came home herself on Mitchell's double.
A home run and a triple added two more runs for the Gorillas in the fourth. Bradshaw led off the inning with a home run, but was only credited with a triple as she was called out because of team interference at the plate. George walked and stole second. Letts hit her first home run of the season to put the Gorillas up 7-2.
In the fifth, Rynard led off with yet another double. Mitchell added a base hit with one out. Guthier came in to pinch hit and walked, loading the bases. Another Bradshaw sacrifice fly scored Rynard. George added an infield base hit to score Mitchell. Letts walked to load the bases again, but a Brown base hit brought home Guthier for a 10-2 lead.
Missouri Southern scored one final run in the bottom of the fifth for the 10-3 final score.
The Gorillas will play a home doubleheader against Drury on Wednesday, March 12 at 3 and 5 p.m. before beginning conference play at Northeastern State on Friday (March 14) at 1 and 3 p.m. and continuing on to face Central Oklahoma at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 15) in Edmond, Okla.