The Pittsburg State Gorillas look to snap their six-game losing streak and the Emporia State Hornets stand in the way today.
Four of the six losses came at the PSU Softball Complex by two runs or less. The Gorillas own a 4-8 home record with all eight losses by two runs or less.
Emporia State (22-9, 9-3 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and Pitt State (17-15, 5-7) begin their doubleheader at 3 p.m. from the Trusler Sports Complex. The Hornets own a 2-2 home record with 10-5 away and 10-2 neutral marks on the season.
Both teams can be dangerous offensively with several power hitters.
Despite the adversities of recent games, the Gorillas outscored their first 32 opponents 156-110. Emporia State outscored its first 31 opponents 186-85.
Playing some of the best softball of her career, Pitt State senior first baseman Kreslee Ketcham stands at .364 (36-99) with nine homers and 25 RBI. Tiffany Brown adds eight homers and 25 RBI with a .351 average. Both players rank near the top of the MIAA in power numbers.
Katelyn Birchfield and Jordan Bradshaw combine for 11 home runs and 43 RBI from the left side of the infield.
Kyndel Shelburn leads the Gorillas with a 6-5 record, 2.40 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 87.1 innings.
Cacy Williams (32), Stephanie Goodwin (32) and Tricia Vogel (30) all have at least 30 RBI for the Hornets. Goodwin (10) and Williams (eight) have combined for 18 of Emporia State's 33 home runs. Amanda Piezuch does not have a home run but her team-high 13 doubles have contributed to 25 RBI.
Williams leads with a .828 slugging percentage due to 20 extra-base hits (11 doubles, one triple and eight homers) in 35 total hits, along with her team-high .402 batting average (35-87).
Karley Schmelzer highlights the two-deep Emporia State pitching staff, compiling a 15-4 record, 2.16 ERA, six shutouts and 100 Ks in 110.1 innings. Schmelzer and Lauren Sharp have combined for 27 complete games and eight shutouts.
Pitt State plays Washburn (7-19, 3-7) on Saturday.