A rough weekend for the Pittsburg State softball team saw the Gorillas go 2-5 in the ESU St. Patrick's Classic, while the baseball team dropped two of three against Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.


The PSU softball team began the weekend with a 2-1 win over Minnesota State on the strength of a dominant pitching performance by the starter Brooklynne Simbeck, who allowed one run with two strikeouts through 4.1 innings of work.

Simbeck handed the ball over to Bree Cornett out of the bullpen, who earned the win after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.

The Gorillas went on to lose 13-2 to Augustana before beating Minot State 10-9 with help from

A 3-for-4 outing by Kala Holder.

Pitt State closed out the weekend with a pair of losses to Winona State and Minnesota State both by the score of 9-3.


The Gorillas started the weekend off on a good note, taking the first game 9-6 after scoring six runs in the fourth inning which was highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Colton Pogue.

The grand slam was one of three hits for the Gorillas’ shortstop, as he drove in six runs and crossed the plate twice in the win.

Cooper Gardner earned the win on the bump, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

Central Missouri fought back to take the second of the doubleheader 13-9 and went on to win the rubber match 7-6 on Sunday.

Dante Richardson was on the hook for the loss Saturday, as he allowed seven run on seven hits with two strikeouts through 2.2 innings of work.

Ethan Vanderpool was tagged with the hard-luck loss despite no earned runs with one hit after recording two outs.


The Pitt State baseball team will continue its road trip with a matchup against Northeastern State at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, while the Gorilla softball team will host Missouri Southern for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. on Friday.

 — Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.