ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Pittsburg State softball split a pair of games on the second day of action in the Hy-Vee Classic on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

The Gorillas opened Saturday on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel, falling 1-0 to Mary. Pitt State bounced back with a 7-2 victory over Upper Iowa to close the second day.

OPENING TROUBLES

The Marauders got a solo home run from Lex Hubbard in the the bottom of the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie.

Bree Cornett took the loss as the starter for Pitt State. She allowed one run on three hits in five innings of work. Cornett struck out three.

Taylor Lara took the start and earned the win for Mary, blanking the Gorillas over six innings of work. She struck out three, walked won and allowed eight hits.

Pitt State was led at the plate by Kristen Van Hoosen, who had two hits in three at-bats.

FORCING THE SPLIT

Pitt State broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the last three innings to defeat Upper Iowa 7-2 in the second half of Saturday’s action.

The Gorillas’ offense pushed across two runs in the fourth by manufacturing, scoring off a Kaity Kukowski fielder’s choice and a Shelby Miller ground out to take a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth, Van Hoosen singled home Katy Remy to push the lead to three.

Jenna Bolton knocked in Van Hoosen with an RBI single later in the inning to make the score 6-2.

A sacrifice fly from Remy in the sixth gave Pitt State a five-run cushion.

Brittany Beaudet earned the start and the win for the Gorillas, going 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on 10 hits.

Kukowski and Miller each had two hits and an RBI.

Myka Hayward, Kylie DeClue and Van Hoosen all recorded a pair of hits as well for PSU.

UP NEXT

Pitt State closes out the Hy-Vee Classic with a 9 a.m. matchup against Minnesota State-Mankato and a 3 p.m. contest with Augustana on Sunday.

-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at ldavis@morningsun.net and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.