PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State softball team settled for a split in a doubleheader against Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday, taking the home opener 7-6 before losing the rematch 7-0.
“I thought we took ourselves out of at bats in the second game,” PSU head coach Ashley Balazs said. “Our plate discipline wasn’t very good. We were going to the plate with a completely different mindset than we did in the first game.”
Runs came early and often for both teams in game one, as the Gorillas overcame an early four-run deficit with a trio of runs in the second and fifth innings.
Pitt State pulled back to within one in the second frame thanks to a three-run home run off the bat of Lawren McKinney, before tying the game at 4-4 on an RBI double by Chloe Holman.
The Gorillas went on to take the lead at 7-4 on the strength of a three-run blast by Shelby Miller and cut the Triton’s rally short in the sixth to hang on for the win.
Miller led the way offensively, driving in three runs on two hits with a run scored.
Holeman also had a pair of hits with two runs scored and an RBI.
Brittany Beaudet earned the win in the circle, allowing two runs on five hits with one strikeout through 2.2 innings.
The Gorillas could muster all of two hits in the rematch, as the offense struggled to get anything going at the plate.
UMSL put Pitt State away early with six runs in the first three innings, while keeping the Gorillas scoreless throughout.
Brooklynne Simbeck was on the hook for the loss, with six earned runs on eight hits through two innings of work.
Pitt State will host Maryville for a four-game set starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
— 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.