Pittsburg State head softball coach Brad Horky was very apologetic Saturday after the Gorillas were swept, 9-2 and 12-4, by Fort Hays State at the PSU Softball Complex.

Pittsburg State head softball coach Brad Horky was very apologetic Saturday after the Gorillas were swept, 9-2 and 12-4, by Fort Hays State at the PSU Softball Complex.

The primary reason might  be because of a lack of run production.

“I just feel very sorry for the players,” he said. “They have just had some bad luck, but that is no excuse and we should be better in the conference.”

However, the Gorillas (18-27-1, 2-14 MIAA) sit at the bottom of the MIAA and the losses virtually eliminated them from the conference tournament after they have appeared in the last two.

Then again, it could also have been the 17 baserunners the Gorillas stranded in the first 11 innings of the twin bill.

“I take full responsibility and I really don’t have an answer, but the buck stops here,” Horky said. “I just don’t get it and I don’t have an answer for it.”

For the Tigers (25-16, 7-7 MIAA) the conference road triumphs could not have come at a better time. Coming into Saturday’s doubleheader, Fort Hays was tied for seventh in the MIAA with the top eight qualifying for the postseason. The Tigers had 21 runs on 27 hits in the sweep Saturday.

“This was a good time for this to happen,” FHSU head coach Julie LaMaire said. “It really puts us in a good position.”

Fort Hays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game before Haley Deaton scored on a Cassie Martin RBI single to right in the bottom of the fifth.

Pitt State’s celebration was short-lived, because the Tigers came back in the top of the sixth with two runs.

Sara Tani collected her fourth hit of the game with a one-out single to right. Maddie Holub followed up with a single and Adrian Mohr reached first on a fielder’s choice that put out Tani at third. Adriana Wortley capped the inning with a two-run single to right, putting Fort Hays up, 5-1.

The Gorillas responded in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff home run by Mannie DeCastro.

Fort Hays put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh after Holub cracked out a grand slam.

Gorilla starter Melissa Slayden took the loss, but struck out nine in the losing effort.

The Tigers plated five runs in the third inning of the second game and five more in the fourth to lead to the run-rule win.

Lora Lockhart did collect a solo home run in the bottom of the first for PSU.

Pitt State will play its final home games of the season next weekend as they play host to Truman on Friday and Missouri Western on Saturday.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140

College softball
at PSU Softball Complex
Saturday, April 24
Game one
Fort Hays State 9, Pittsburg State 2
Fort Hays    200 102 4 — 9 14 1
Pitt State    000 011 0 — 2  8  1
Kayla Rupa and Malinee Powell. Melissa Slayden and Lindsey Birchfield. WP — Rupa (13-7). LP — Slayden (12-12). LOB — Fort Hays 9, Pitt State 7. DP — FHSU 1. E — FHSU, Ariana Wortley; PSU, Mannie DeCastro. 2B — FHSU, Sara Tani, Britney Workman, Rupa; PSU, Lora Lockhart, Jessica Jones. HR — FHSU, Maddie Holub; PSU, DeCastro. HP — FHSU, Wortley.
Game two
Fort Hays State 12, Pittsburg State 4, 5 inn.
Fort Hays    205 50 — 12 13 0
Pitt State    101 00 —  4   6  2
Holub and Powell. Hilary Erbert, Slayden (4) and L. Birchfield. WP — Holub (11-8). LP — Erbert (5-14). LOB — FHSU, 4, PSU 8. E — PSU, Lockhart, Erin DeStefano. 2B — FHSU, Tani, Trisha Holzman. HR — FHSU, Traci Doty; PSU, Lockhart. HP — FHSU — Wortley; PSU — Jones 2, Martin.