The Pittsburg State Gorillas are still alive in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament, losing their first round game Friday to No. 2 seed Fort Hays State 8-0 and the deteriorating weather moved second round games back a day at the Blue Valley Recreational Complex.
The Gorillas were stifled by Fort Hays senior pitcher Maddie Holub, MIAA Player and Pitcher of the Year, who tossed her fifth no-hitter of the season and now Pitt State (28-21) faces Truman State today at 11 a.m., who lost 5-3 to Missouri Western in the first round. This is a double-elimination tourney.
Holub made quick work of the Gorillas in the first inning, as Brenna George grounded out and Neosho (Mo.) products Catie Cummins and Kreslee Ketcham struck out, Cummins swinging and Ketcham looking.
Kyndel Shelburn, making her first postseason start, started out strongly by retiring leadoff hitter Bianca Adame but Fort Hays plated two in the first. Courtney Dobson singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, Holub walked, Danie Brinkmann moved both runners over with a groundout and Amanda Vaupel gave Holub all the run support she would need with a two-run single bringing home Dobson and Holub.
With two down in the second, Samantha Grove reached against Holub with a walk, the first Pitt State runner of the game. It would not get any better for the Gorilla offense, which endured its peaks and valleys this season, during a game played with a wind chill of 28 degrees and a steady drizzle only a day after snow (snow in May? What’s next? Don’t even want to know).
Fort Hays kept scoring incrementally until a three-run fourth inning, which was compounded by a Pitt State fielding error. Adame hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the fifth, as the Tigers reached the run rule.
Holub won her 25th game in 26 decisions and lowered her ERA to 0.75. She exceeded 300 strikeouts on the season with five on Friday, now at 303 Ks in 186.0 innings pitched for the 42-9 Tigers.
Friday was marked by one theme: all four winners — Fort Hays, top seed Central Oklahoma, No. 3 Missouri Western and No. 4 Emporia State — feature a 20-plus game winner in the circle. Not only Holub but Jackie Bishop of Missouri Western (21-6), Kalynn Schrock of Central Oklahoma (24-4) and Karley Schmelzer of Emporia State (27-7).
Pitt State and Truman State split a doubleheader earlier this season in Kirksville, Mo., 11-2 Truman State and 9-2 Pitt State.
The Bulldogs dominated the first game with their offense — Cate Simon 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI and Kelsey Bollman 2-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI. In the second game, Bradshaw and Brown combined for eight RBI (Bradshaw five, Brown three) to earn the Gorillas a split.
Page 2 of 2 - Pitt State head coach Elizabeth Economon played her college ball at Truman State, where her name remains on the record books after her distinguished playing career. The Bulldogs will be playing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference next school year after a century of MIAA membership.
Pitt State looks for its first MIAA Tournament win since 2005.
MIAA Tournament First Round
at Blue Valley Recreational Complex, Overland Park
Fort Hays State 8, Pittsburg State 0 (5 innings)
PSU 000 00 — 0 0 2
FHSU 211 31 — 8 10 0
Kyndel Shelburn, Kylie Harpst (4) and Kayla Sears. Maddie Holub and Callie Wright. WP: Holub (25-1). LP: Shelburn (12-9). E: Kreslee Ketcham, Jordan Bradshaw. 2B: Tori Beltz, Danie Brinkmann, Jenna Lang. SF: Bianca Adame. SH: Adame. SB: Lang, Kellsi Olsen.
Missouri Western 5, Truman State 3
TSU 000 111 0 — 3 7 1
MWSU 101 021 X — 5 7 1
Kindra Henze and Meredith Kusky. Jackie Bishop and Kat Steponovich. WP: Bishop (21-6). LP: Henze (9-8). E: Ally McReynolds; Bishop. 2B: Laura Miller, Liz Leath, McReynolds; Maegan Roemmich. HR: Kelsey Bollman; Breanna Fleschner, Roemmich. SB: Keri Lombert. HBP: Cate Simon.
Central Oklahoma 5, Northwest Missouri 0
NW 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
UCO 000 410 X — 5 6 0
Jenna Creger, Morgan Brunmeier (6) and Kylie Cantrell. Kalynn Schrock and Tori Collet. WP: Schrock (24-4). LP: Creger (13-10). E: Kristen Uthe. 2B: Collet. SB: Kaylee Brunson. HBP: Stephanie Price.
Emporia State 6, Northeastern State 1
NSU 010 000 0 — 1 5 4
ESU 033 000 X — 6 12 0
Kayce Wooldridge and Kelsi Hilderbrandt. Karley Schmelzer and Amanda Self. WP: Schmelzer (27-7). LP: Wooldridge (10-12). E: Cayce Coleman, Amanda Harjo, Lindsea Ross, Wooldridge. 2B: Coleman 2; Self. HBP: Allyson Pogue.