PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State softball team salvaged a split in a doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney Thursday, bouncing back from a 5-2 loss in game one with a 7-5 win in the rematch.

Six runs in the third inning lifted the Gorillas to a two-run victory in the finale to earn the split.

“We did a really good job of bouncing back from game one,” PSU head coach Ashley Balazs said. “We didn’t do a good job with runners in scoring position, but we did a really good job of getting into scoring position. Our pitchers kept us in the game and allowed us to take over.”

UNK kept the momentum going by jumping out to a quick three-run lead after the win in game one, but the Gorillas struck for six runs in the third frame to go up 6-3.

The inning was highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles from Emily Clark and Myka Hayward.

Pitt State went on to add a seventh run in the fourth courtesy of an RBI by Kristen Van Hoosen and held the Lopers to two runs in the final three innings to earn the win.

Brittanee Knepper led the way for the Gorillas offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate, including a triple, to go along with an RBI and two runs scored.

Hayward and Clark each drove in two runs on one hit apiece.

Bree Cornett earned the win in the circle, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts through 4.1 innings of work.

Fortune favored UNK in game one, as the Gorillas were held to four runs in the 5-2 loss.

Pitt State tied the game at 2-all in the second inning thanks to back-to-back RBI base knocks by Clark and Hayward, but the Lopers regained the lead with four runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.


The Gorillas will be back in action with a doubleheader against Fort Hays State University at 2 p.m. Friday.