WARRENSBURG, Mo. — The up-and-down season for the Pittsburg State softball team continues, as the Gorillas dropped a pair of games to Central Missouri Wednesday 6-2 and 10-1 to drop to 13-24 on the season.
The Jennies took control early with five runs in the first four innings, before the Gorillas answered with their first two runs of the night to narrow the gap to 5-2.
Pitt State’s runs came courtesy of an RBI single by Lawren McKinney in the fifth frame and a solo home run off the bat of Kristen Van Hoosen in the sixth.
UCM added another insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth and went on to retire the Gorillas in order in the seventh.
Van Hoosen accounted for two of the Gorillas’ five hits in the contest, while her teammates Kala Holder, McKinney and Shelby MIller each contributed one hit apiece.
The loss went to Brooklynne Simbeck in the circle, allowing five runs on six hits through 3.1 innings of work.
PSU drew first blood in the rematch with a run in the second inning, but the lead didn’t last long, as the Jennies tied the game in the bottom half of the frame before going on to take the lead in the third en route to the 10-1 win.
The Gorillas were held to four hits in the loss, scoring their lone run on a catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded.
Daniela Garzon, Emily Clark, Miller and Chloe Holman each finished with one base knock apiece.
Bree Cornett was the losing pitcher, allowing five runs on five hits with one strikeout through two innings.
The Gorillas return home for a doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
— 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.