ST. JOSEPH — The No. 18-ranked Missouri Western Griffons improved to 20-4 on the season with a pair of wins Friday in their Hy-Vee Classic.

ST. JOSEPH — The No. 18-ranked Missouri Western Griffons improved to 20-4 on the season with a pair of wins Friday in their Hy-Vee Classic.
Missouri Western defeated Northern State 6-5 and rolled over Sioux Falls 12-4 in six innings.
In the rout of Sioux Falls, former Neosho High standout Morgan Rathmann — Missouri Western’s all-time leading triples hitter and all-time stolen base queen — collected a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. Among her hits was a triple and her four this season give her 27 for her career, highlighted by back-to-back seasons of a single-season record nine triples.
On the season, after Friday’s games, Rathmann hits .321 (26 for 81) with 19 runs scored, four doubles, four triples, one home run and 16 RBI, plus eight stolen bases in 10 attempts and two assists from her center field position.
The Griffons played Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State on Saturday, then Wayne State (Nebraska) and Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, all games weather permitting of course.

Cornett earns win for PSU on Friday
Playing in the same Hy-Vee Classic as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rivals Missouri Western and Central Missouri, Pittsburg State earned a pair of wins Friday — 2-0 against Winona State, 11-1 against St. Cloud State — with the winning pitchers both former stalwarts in the Big 8 Conference, Emmie Robertson (Lamar) and Bree Cornett (Seneca).
In the win over Winona State, Robertson was dominating in the circle. She allowed just a single hit over seven innings. She struck out 11 and walked two. Her other outs totaled to 10. Robertson faced five hitters over the minimum.
Pitt State overcame 11 runners left behind and had a pair of RBI singles in the second.
Cornett — a left-handed change of pace from Robertson — picked up the win in Game 2 by allowing one run (earned) on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. She struck out four and walked none. Cornett improved to 5-2 on the season with her ERA at 3.44.
Robertson, meanwhile, is 13-3 with a 1.03 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 102 innings.
Pitt State, weather permitting, played Mary (North Dakota) and Upper Iowa on Saturday and Minnesota State-Mankato and Augustana on Sunday.