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Softball Prepped to Begin Post-Season Play

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After a one-year hiatus from the MIAA Tournament, the Gorillas will enter the 2015 Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The team will match up with seventh seeded Washburn in the double elimination tournament's opening round at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 30) at the Blue Valley Sports Complex in Overland Park, Kan.



The Gorillas will face either Central Oklahoma or Emporia State in the second round.

Washburn enters the tournament with a 27-22 record and a 14-12 record in MIAA play. The team has lost three of its last four games, two to Northwest Missouri and one to Missouri Western. The Ichabods hit .312 as a team with 288 runs scored. The pitchers have a 3.70 ERA with 168 strikeouts and 143 walks on the season. The team has a .951 fielding percentage.

The Ichabods are led at the plate by Marina Quimby with a .401 batting average and a .445 on base percentage. Cassidy Merriman hits .350 and leads the team in runs scored (47). Lauren Thimmesch leads the team in RBI with 43 and home runs with 15. She is also the team's top pitcher with a 2.08 ERA and a 20-7 record with one save. She has thrown seven shut outs on the season. in 174.2 innings she has struck out 108 batters and walked 73.

Pittsburg State overcame everyone's expectations for the season. After finishing ninth in last season's standings and just missing the tournament, the Gorillas were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Instead the Gorillas used a 33-17 record and a 18-8 MIAA record to propel them to a second-place finish in the regular season, including wins in three of their last four games. The Gorillas are hitting .315 as a team. The Gorillas have scored 308 runs on the season with 280 RBI. The team has hit 61 home runs, second only to last season's 79. The four Pitt State pitchers have compbined for a 2.85 ERA and a .250 opponent batting average, while striking out a school record 285 batters and walking inly 114. The team has a .949 fielding percentage.

Seniors Cheslyn Mitchell and McKenzie Rynard lead seven Gorillas hitting .300 or better on the season. Mitchell hits .390 and has been the toughest Gorilla to strikeout with only 14 strikeouts in 136 at bats on the season. She shares the team lead in doubles with Nicole Nease with 11. Rynard hits .365 and has a .708 slugging percentage, despite being out 24 days of the season due to injury. Nease leads the team with 45 runs scoed, 49 RBI and 15 home runs, while hitting .346. Katy Remy hits .331 and leads the Gorillas with three triples and is second in doubles with 10. Ashton Pratt is the Gorillas' speedster on the bases with 18 stolen bases. She is hitting .324. Alex Perez adds a .321 batting average, 29 runs, 26 RBIm six doubles, a triple and seven home runs. Kylie Guthier hits .313 and is second in home runs with 11 and RBI with 47. Jordan Bradshaw is hitting just under .300 at .299.

The Gorilla pitching staff is anchored by Emmie Robertson with a 1.88 ERA and a 23-8 record with one save. She has thrown six shut outs on the season. In 201.1 innings, she has struck out a school record 212 batters, while walking 53 and holding opponents to a .202 batting average.

Gorilla fans should show up to the field early, as the All-MIAA teams will be honored in the tournament's opening ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. 
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