Due to the threatening weather last weekend, the Fort Hays State University softball team had to deal with a few schedule changes. Expecting to play Truman State University on Friday, the team ended up traveling to Kirksville, Mo., this Monday to split with the Bulldogs.
The Tigers won the first game 10-2, outhitting Truman 11-4.
Fort Hays started off on the right track, scoring two in the first inning. Freshman Amanda Vaupel hit a single to score junior Maddie Holub and senior Taylor Nelson. Both runs were unearned.
Nelson had a big second inning with a three-run home run to left center. Crossing the plate along with Nelson was freshman Madison Putman, who reached on a walk, and sophomore Kellsi Olsen, who hit a leadoff double.
Senior Christine Moses hit a leadoff home run in the fourth inning to give the Tigers some security.
Nelson hit an RBI double in the sixth inning to score pinch runner freshman Yasnaya Susoeff. Nelson was soon batted in after a single from Holub.
Holub was the starter for the Tigers. She threw five shutout innings and had six strikeouts, retiring the side in the second inning. Holub only gave up one hit and one walk. Freshman Abby Morrison took over in the sixth inning and gave up two runs off three hits. Morrison had one strikeout and one walk.
The Bulldogs came out on top in the second game, with a final score of 3-9. Morrison threw the first 3.1 innings and wound up with the loss. She gave up all nine runs off eight hits. Junior Kaitlyn Shattleroe came in to relieve Morrison in the third inning. Shattleroe gave up just two hits.
The game started with a strikeout from Nelson, followed by a home run by sophomore Callie Wright. The next two runs for the Tigers came from two solo homers from Olsen in the fifth and seventh innings.
Tuesday, the Tigers traveled to Maryville, Mo., to play Northwest Missouri State University, a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday.
As on Monday, the Tigers won the first game, but lost the second. Final scores were 1-0 and 4-12.
The only run of the game came in the fifth inning as junior Chelsey Rottinghaus homered to center field.
Holub returned to the mound for a stunning no-hitter. Her performance included 13 strikeouts and only one walk.
Shattleroe took over for game two, but gave up seven runs off six hits in two innings. Morrison came in to try stopping the Bearcats from getting a worse lead, but gave up five runs of her own.
Senior Adriana Wortley started the Tigers off with a two-run home run, scoring Nelson, who reached on a single. Olsen’s single in the third inning scored two, but it was not enough for the win.
This Saturday, the softball team will return to Tiger Stadium to go up against Pittsburg State University. On Sunday, the Tigers will stay in Hays to play Missouri Southern University. Both double headers will start at 1:00 p.m.
The games against Missouri Southern will be the last regular-season games for the Tigers. The MIAA Tournament, hosted in Kansas City, Kan., will take off next Thursday.