Fresh off a sweep at Fort Hays State, the Pittsburg State Gorillas have nothing left to do but coast through the last three games of the MIAA schedule at home.

Fresh off a sweep at Fort Hays State, the Pittsburg State Gorillas have nothing left to do but coast through the last three games of the MIAA schedule at home.
But, on Friday afternoon, Southwest Baptist had something else to say about it.
The Bearcats, already out of the conference postseason tournament, would love nothing more than to knock the Gorillas, who are currently sitting as the fourth-seed in the MIAA tournament down a few notches.
In their rain makeup game Friday, SBU helped that cause by scoring three runs in the first inning and holding off a late rally to beat PSU 3-2 at the PSU Softball Complex.
“They had nothing to lose and we came out flat,” said PSU head coach Brad Horky.
The Bearcats kicked off the game with a leadoff single from McKenzie Mortimer through the left side. Erica Schabbing followed up with a bunt single. After a ground out from Taressa Gomez moved Mortimer to third and Schabbing to second, Rachel Shaw smacked a two-run double to right center giving SBU an early 2-0 lead.
Krysta Baderdeen hit a single to right and she advanced to second on a fielding error by Alysha Fivecoats that scored Shaw, capping the three-run inning for the Bearcats.
“We had been able to battle back before,” Horky said.
SBU threatened again in the top of the fourth after Amanda Becker reached base on an error by shortstop Haley Deaton and Lauren Austin singled.
The Bearcats were able to load the bases but the Gorilla defense forced SBU to hit into two straight lineouts to end the threat.
Pitt State got on the board in the sixth when Tera Swartslander led off the inning with a double to right center. Lindsay Birchfield slapped a single to short. Both Swartslander and Birchfield advanced when Maria Bernal popped out to third base.
Lora Lockhart hit a single to second that scored Swartslander and moved Birchfield to third. Deaton atoned for her earlier error by hitting a sacrifice fly to center to score Birchfield thus cutting the Bearcat lead to 3-2.
With Lockhart on second after a throwing error, Jessica Jones had a chance to put in the tying run but she flied out to center to end the rally.
The Gorillas held SBU hitless in the top of the seventh, but the Bearcats returned the favor in the bottom half to close out the game.
“We have been on the road for a week and I think we might have been out of gas,” Horky said.
Now, PSU will close out the league portion of the season today with a doubleheader with No. 21 Emporia State beginning at 12 p.m. If the Gorillas can secure at least one win, they can assure themselves of a top-four finish and the No. 4 seed in the MIAA postseason tournament which begins Thursday at the Mid-America West Sports Complex at Shawnee.

College softball
at PSU Softball Complex
Game one
Southwest Baptist 3, Pittsburg State 2
SW Baptist        300 000 0 — 3 8 1
Pittsburg State    000 002 0 — 2 6 3
Stephanie Moore, Tiffany Swanson (6) and Lindsay Birchfield. Brittany Wood and Sarah Brison. WP — Wood (2-4). LP — Moore (9-15). E — Lauren Austin, Haley Deaton, Alysha Fivecoats 2. LOB — SBU 8, PSU 5. 2B — Rachel Shaw, Tera Swartslander.