Senior Maddie Holub fired her fifth complete-game no-hitter of the season, leading Fort Hays State to an 8-0, five inning run-rule victory over Pittsburg State in the opening round of the MIAA Softball Championships in Overland Park Friday afternoon. The victory improves the Tigers to 42-9 and pushes them into Saturday’s second round where they will face Missouri Western who beat Truman 5-3. The second game was originally scheduled for Friday afternoon but was pushed back a day due to rain and a wind chill in the upper 20’s.
Holub retired the first five batters before giving up the first of four walks in the game. She struck out five, never allowing a runner past first base and improves to 25-1 on the season.
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on Amanda Vaupel’s two-out two-run single to right. They would add another run in the second when Jenna Lang singled to center driving in Tori Beltz who opened the inning with a double. Dani Brinkmann doubled in the third and scored on an error following a Paxton Duran infield single to make it 4-0 in the third
The Tigers then blew it open with three in the fourth on RBI singles from Holub and Brinkmann. Jenna Lang doubled with one out in the fifth and scored followed a pup up to short by Bianca Adame.
Brinkmann and Lang both finished 2-for-3 with each hitting a double. Brinkmann and Holub both scored two runs.