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Softball Loses Two in Final Day of Missouri Western Invitational

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St. Joseph, MO - The Pitt State softball team lost its final two games in the Missouri Western Invitational on Sunday (March 23), 11-7 to Augustana (S.D.) and 5-3 to St. Cloud State.

Against Augustana, the Gorillas scored their seven runs on 11 hits and two errors, while Augustana scored 11 runs on 13 hits and one Pitt State error.

Tiffany Brown, McKenzie Rynard and Alex Perez each had two hits in the game. Rynard and Catie Cummins each had two RBI, while Cheslyn Mitchell scored two runs.

Haleigh Sill pitched the first 2.2 innings. She gave up six runs on seven hits before Kylie Harpst came in the game. Harpst pitched the remaining 4.1 innings and received the loss. She gave up five runs on six hits. She walked four batters and struck out one. Her record now moves to 3-3 on the season.

Against St. Cloud State, Pitt State managed only five hits compared to 12 for the Huskies. The Gorillas also had one errror in the game.

Brenna George had two of Pitt State's five hits. Mitchell recorded two RBI.

Sam Grove pitched the complete game for the Gorillas. Four of the five runs she gave up were earned. She struck out three batters and walked one. Her record is now 8-4 on the season.

In the first game, Augustana started quickly with three runs on three hits.

Nicole Nease put Pitt State within two runs with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second. It was Nease's sixth home run of the season. 

A two-out, three-run home run in the top of the third, put Augustana up 6-1.

Pitt State used a two-out rally in the bottom of the third to close the gap to two runs. Bailey Letts reached on a base hit with two outs, then stole second. Brown walked and a Rynard double brought both runners home, making the score 6-3.

The Gorillas took advantage of four hits and an error to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth. Perez led off the inning with a base hit. She scored on a triple by Mitchell, the second triple of the season for Mitchell. A sacrifice fly by Cummins brought home Mitchell. Bradshaw reached on an error by the Augie firstbaseman. Brenna George added a base hit. With two outs, an RBI base hit by Brown brought home Bradshaw for the game tying run.

Another three-run home run by Augustana gave them a 9-6 lead on the top of the fifth.

Pitt State scored its final run in the bottom half of the fifth. Perez drew a one-out walk, but was put out at first as Mitchell reached on a fielder's choice. A Cummins double scored Mitchell for a 9-7 score.

The Vikings tacked on one more run in each the sixth and seventh innings for the final 11-7 score.

St. Cloud State scored its first two runs in the bottom of the first.

Neither team scored in the second or third innings, but the Gorillas took advantage of some free bases to score three runs and take a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Letts lead off the innings with a base hit. Brown and Rynard walked to load the bases. A ground out by Nease scored Letts for the first Pitt State run of the game, and the first out of the inning. Following a second out, Mitchell used a sharply hit base hit score score Rynard and Brown.

The Pitt State lead was short lived, as an error and four base hits scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 5-3 lead.

The Gorillas put runners in scoring position, but was unable to push anymore runners across.

Pitt State will look to rebound as they host Missouri St. Louis in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday (March 26) at the PSU Softball Complex. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m.
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