PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State softball team took one of two games against Maryville on Sunday, losing game one 11-1 and salvaging game two 7-6, while the baseball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Lindenwood in the 7-2 loss.
MCKINNEY BELTS WALK-OFF HOME RUN
Lawren McKinney’s two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Gorillas a 7-6 win over the Saints in the series finale on Sunday.
“I think we all took a deep breath when Lawren hit that home run,” PSU head coach Ashley Balazs said. “We had been fighting the entire game to get a couple runs here and there to put us in that situation. I told myself that I would give Lawren one pitch and then I’m going to have her bunt, but that one pitch ended up being a walk-off home run.”
Pitt State fell behind by six in the early going, but cut the deficit in half with a three-run home run off the bat of McKinney in the bottom of the sixth.
The Gorillas went on to pull to within one on the strength of a two-run single to right-center field by Kristen Van Hoosen, before winning the game with a two-run blast in the sixth.
In total, McKinney drove in five runs on two hits with two runs scored.
Emily Clark also tallied two hits in the contest to go along with a pair of RBIs.
Bree Cornett was the winning pitcher, notching three strikeouts through 4.1 scoreless innings.
In game one of the day, the Saints touched up the Gorillas for 11 runs in the 10-run victory.
“We just got out played in every facet of the game,” Balazs said. “We didn’t have a great approach at the plate and we talked about that in between the games. We just let too many hittable pitches go and didn’t execute well when we were trying to play small ball.”
The Gorillas managed to push across one run in the game, but couldn’t slow down the Maryville offense, which put up 10 runs between the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Kala Holder accounted for the Gorillas’ lone run of the ballgame, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth frame.
The loss went to Brooklynne Simbeck in the circle, as she allowed five earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts through 4.1 innings of work.
PITT STATE BASEBALL DROPS SERIES FINALE
Lindenwood snapped Pitt State’s seven-game winning streak after salvaging the finale 7-2 on Sunday.
Lions’ starter Tyler Cassmeyer kept the Gorillas off balance at the plate throughout, holding them to two runs through seven innings.
“We just didn’t make adjustments when we needed to,” PSU head coach Tom Myers said. “We didn’t recognize the moment early in the game when we were starting to get out of our approach and began to swing at bad pitches early in the count. We had some good swings, but we just got out of what we do best and weren’t recognizing pitches.”
The Gorillas drew first blood in the opening frame, after Reece Garvie drew a walk with the bases loaded, but fell behind in the second when the Lions struck for four runs.
Pitt State got one run back to pull to within 4-2 on an RBI single off the bat of Josh Whisler.
Lindenwood went on to plate a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning and one more in the seventh while keeping the Gorillas off the scoreboard throughout.
Whisler accounted for two of the Gorillas’ nine hits in the contest, en route to tallying an RBI and a run scored.
The PSU baseball team will host Wayne State at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, while the softball team will host Emporia at 3 p.m. on Friday.
— 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.