COLUMBUS — Pittsburg came back from a pair of multi-run deficits to sweep Columbus in the season-opening doubleheader Thursday night.
The Purple Dragons trailed 5-0 in the first game and 9-2 in the second game before earning 12-6 and 14-11 wins over the Titans.
"It was really great to see us come back from such a deficit in both games," Pittsburg head coach Megan Burleson said. "I don't feel like we ever got down on ourselves and always felt like the games were within reach. The girls did a great job staying positive and really not letting some mistakes get in the way of winning the ballgame. We hit the ball really well yesterday and it showed on the scoreboard. We knew we'd have to score runs to win games and we did."
Burleson said the lineup from top to bottom delivered and she's proud of that. She also mentioned the work of Mercedes Vogel (Game 1) and Reagan Rink and Caitlyn Burdick (Game 2) in the circle.
"They did a nice job of shutting the other team down when it was vital," Burleson said. "There's nothing worse than knocking in a few runs only to give them back the next half-inning but our pitchers really shut them down when it counted. Looking forward, we will work on minimizing our errors but overall, it was a very successful and exciting day for Pittsburg softball."
Pittsburg (2-0) next plays Tuesday in the Fort Scott Tournament at Fisher Park, first game at 4:30 p.m.
Back to Thursday.
In the first game, trailing 5-0 entering the fifth, a walk from the bottom of the Pittsburg order led to a string of extra-base hits and Pittsburg trailed by only 5-3 leaving the fifth.
In the sixth, Abby Harris began the frame with a triple. Burdick walked. Harris scored on a wild pitch and Burdick advanced to second. Wild pitches and errors plated Burdick and it was a brand new ballgame, 5-all.
In the eighth, Pittsburg exploded for seven runs facing a new pitcher, sparked by a leadoff double by Molly Lundberg. Sierra Loveland and Bethanne Elliott followed with hits, Elliott collecting a double.
Columbus only managed a run on two hits in the bottom of the eighth and Pittsburg emerged with a 12-6 victory.
In the second game, Pittsburg trailed 9-2 entering the fourth but walks and doubles by Harris and Hannah Drenik helped the Dragon attack plate six runs to narrow the deficit to 9-8.
Columbus answered with two in the bottom half of the fourth but Pittsburg scored four in the sixth to gain a 12-11 lead. Pittsburg scored two more runs in the seventh for insurance.
Burdick retired the Titans 1-2-3 in both the sixth and the seventh.