PITTSBURG — It was a milestone day for Pittsburg State softball, which matched their win total from a year ago and saw head coach Elizabeth Economon pass the 200-career win total in a doubleheader sweep over Missouri S&T Tuesday at the PSU Softball Complex.
“It’s crazy to think it's already been six years,” Economon said. “You get to those numbers when you have good kids who can win ballgames. It's fun to share it with a group like this, but we are in the midst of something bigger here. So, it’s nice and I am very thankful, but I’d like to get a few more wins this weekend.”
Pitt State’s Emmie Robertson dazzled in the circle on the way to a 3-2 win in the opener, and the Gorillas got a pair of solo home runs in the second game to earn a 2-1 victory to complete the sweep.
The pair of wins puts PSU’s record at 39-13, 16-6 in the MIAA, matching the win total from last season.
“Last year, we ended the season with 39 wins, and we still have four regular-season games left,” Economon said. “We anticipate playing a few in the conference tournament, so we have a chance to get in the mid-40s before regionals. This team has a shot to do something that hasn’t been done since 1995, and half of my team wasn’t even born yet. We are excited to maybe take this team to a regional, and once you get in, anything can happen.”
ROBERTSON DEALS GORILLAS TO OPENING WIN
Robertson (27-5) earned the win in the circle after pitching a combined 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and eight strikeouts.
“We’re getting a little spoiled by her keeping us in ballgames, because we should be scoring more runs,” Economon said. “She keeps us in every game she starts, and today was no different. She was competitive and had her pitches moving real well tonight.”
Kala Holder broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, hitting a solo home run to straight-away left field to put PSU on top 1-0.
A double-steal attempt by the Gorillas in the fourth forced Missouri S&T into an error, allowing Lawren McKinney to touch home and push the lead to 2-0.
Olivia Young doubled home a run in the center field for the Miners in the sixth to cut the lead in half, but Tiara Ewy got the run back for the Gorillas after singling home Kristen Van Hoosen in the bottom half of the inning.
Missouri S&T scored a run in the seventh, but Robertson returned to the game to close the door on the opening win.
LONG BALL LEADS GORILLAS TO SWEEP
Missouri S&T got on the board with a run in the top half of the first, but solo home runs by the Gorillas in the fourth and fifth frames propelled Pitt State to the 2-1 win and sweep of the Miners.
Bree Cornett earned the start and got the no-decision for PSU in the circle. She allowed one run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts over three innings of work.
Morgan Myers (3-1) earned the win in relief, blanking the Miners over two innings of work. She allowed one hit and struck out three.
Brittany Beaudet pitched one scoreless inning, and Robertson closed out the game with a scoreless seventh frame.
“I thought everybody looked good,” Economon said. “Morgan was out with an injury the last couple weeks, and she came back and was moving the ball real well. It was nice to get all four of them some work today, because we are going to need them this weekend.”
PSU’s Nicole Nease tied the game up at 1-1 with a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth.
Jenna Bolton gave the Gorillas the lead with a solo shot to center in the last of the fifth, swinging the momentum firmly in favor of Pitt State.
Pitt State hosts Northeastern State for a doubleheader at 3 p.m and 5 p.m. on Friday at the PSU Softball Complex.