A rough start to the season saw the Pittsburg State baseball team and softball teams win one game apiece over the weekend to begin the season.
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After losing the first two games of the season 8-7 and 11-1 against Arkansas-Monticello, the Gorillas bounced back to win the series’ finale 13-5.
In the win, Colton Pogue led the way with three RBI’s on two hits, while his teammate Hunter Clanin drove in two runs on two hits.
Josh Whisler had the big at-bat of the day, as he notched four RBIs on one swing with a grand slam.
Brendan Stanek earned the win on the bump, giving up four earned runs with three strikeouts through 5.1 innings of work.
In Friday’s one-run loss, Whisler went 4-5 at the plate with one run scored and Clanin notched three runs scored during his 3-4 day.
Cooper Gardner was tagged with the loss, as he allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.
Andy Pagnozzi was on the hook for the 11-1 loss Saturday, with four earned runs on six hits and one strikeout through 1.2 innings.
PSU SOFTBALL STRUGGLES IN EARLY GOING
The Pitt State softball team dropped the first three games of the season before picking up the first win in the Southeastern Oklahoma Invitational over the weekend.
The Gorillas lost to Oklahoma Christian 4-2, Oklahoma Baptist 4-2 and Cameron 1-0, but took game four against Newman 2-0.
Two runs in the early going for the Gorillas was all they needed to notch their first win of the season on Saturday against Newman.
Kala Holder did the work at the plate with two RBIs on two hits, while Brooklynne Simbeck earned the complete-game shutout with three strikeouts and four hits allowed.
The 4-2 loss to Oklahoma Christian in the season opener was highlighted by Holder, who went 2-4 with an RBI.
The loss went to Bree Cornett in the circle, as she allowed three earned runs on 11 hits with seven strikeouts through 6.1 innings of work.
Simbeck was the losing pitcher in the 4-2 loss to Oklahoma Baptist, giving up three earned runs on 13 hits and two strikeouts through 5.2 innings.
A home run to left field in the first inning by Cameron in game three on Saturday held up throughout the contest, as the Gorillas notched eight hits, but failed to push a runner across in the 1-0 loss.
Lawren McKinney and Chloe Holman each went 3-3 at the plate.
Cornett was tagged with the hard-luck loss in the circle, giving up one run on four hits with four strikeouts through six complete innings.
The Pitt State softball team will stay in Durant to take on East Central at 12 p.m. on Sunday, while the baseball team will continue its road trip at 1 p.m. on Thursday against Oklahoma Panhandle State.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.