ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Pittsburg State softball closed out the Hy-Vee Classic with a pair of wins on Sunday.
The Gorillas started the day with a 1-0 win over Minnesota State-Mankato on the back of a complete-game shutout from ace Emmie Robertson. Pitt State rounded out the day with a 4-1 victory over Augustana to improve to 22-8 on the season.
GORILLAS SCORE LATE TO WIN OPENER
Robertson held off the Mavericks for six innings before the Gorillas pushed across the game’s only run on an RBI single from Jenna Bolton in the top of the seventh.
Robertson retired Mankato in order in the last of the seventh to complete the shutout, striking out six, walking one and allowing two hits.
PSU’s Kristen Van Hoosen tripled to start off the top of the seventh.
Following a strikeout and a walk, Bolton dorve in Van Hoosen on a base hit to give Pitt State the lead.
Van Hoosen, Bolton and Kala Holder all recorded hits for the Gorillas in the win.
Mankato’s Jess Meidl and Cori Kennedy recorded their team’s hits.
Coley Ries (11-2) took the loss in the circle, pitching 7.0 innings and allowing one run on three hits, four walks and 14 strikeouts.
EARLY OFFENSE LEADS PITT STATE TO WIN
Pitt State put a pair of runs on the board in the second and fifth innings against Augustana, giving Robertson plenty of run support on the way to her second consecutive complete game on the day.
Lawren McKinney singled to start of the second inning, and two batters later, Remy tripled to drive in McKinney to give PSU a 1-0 lead.
Kylie DeClue followed with a triple of her own to score Remy.
McKinney pushed the cushion to 4-0 in the fifth after doubling in Sierra Hall and Kala Holder.
Robertson improved to 15-3 after earning her second win of the day Sunday, going the distance again, while allowing one unearned run on four hits, a walk and four punchouts.
McKinney and Remy led the Gorillas, with each player earning two hits while driving in and scoring a run.
Holder and DeClue each contributed hits in the win.
Kara McDougall led Augustana with two hits in three at-bats.
Olivia Wolters took the loss in the circle after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, four walks and six strikeouts.
Pitt State is in action against Missouri Southern State for a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday in Joplin.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.