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Tiger softball drops a pair at Missouri Western

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Fort Hays State Softball dropped a conference doubleheader on Friday (April 4) at Missouri Western, falling in Game 1, 3-0, before dropping the finale, 5-2.

FHSU drops to 22-15 on the season and 11-7 in the MIAA while Missouri Western is now 24-14 (9-7 MIAA).

Fort Hays State continues its road trip Saturday with a doubleheader at Northwest Missouri State.  Game action in Maryville, Mo., is set for Noon and 2 p.m.

Game 1: Missouri Western 3, FHSU 0
Fort Hays State struggled at the plate as it dropped Game 1 of a doubleheader with Missouri Western, 3-0.

Paxton Duran took the loss, falling to 13-6 on the season after allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out seven batters.

FHSU mustered just three hits in the first game, as Bianca Adame went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases to lead the offense. Amanda  Vaupel’s single in the fifth was the Tigers’ other hit on the day.

Missouri Western’s Tiffany Gillaspy hit a solo shot with two outs in the first to give the Griffons an early lead.  That advantage stretched to 2-0 in the fourth as MWUS’s Katie Klosterman hit a double and later came home on Bre Fleschner’s RBI single.

The Griffons’ final run came in the fifth, as MWSU put the game away off of two hits and a walk for a run.

Down 3-0 with one out in the sixth, Adame singled through the right side before stealing second and taking third on an overthrow, but two straight strikeouts ended FHSU’s threat.

Game 2: Missouri Western 5, FHSU 2
A five-run second was too much for the Tigers to overcome as it dropped Game 2 of the doubleheader, 5-2, on Friday.

Sarah Cochran dropped to 0-2 on the year, tagged for four runs and three hits in 1.2 innings thrown. Kelsey Kimminau entered in the second, tossing the final 4.1 with a strikeout and scattering four hits for a run.

Danie Brinkmann finished 2-for-2 with a double, a run and a walk for the game, while Jenna Lang was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Amanda Vaupel had an RBI double as well.

MWSU’s offense alive came in the second, racking up five runs on four hits to chase Cochran from the game and take the lead for good.

With one out in the sixth, Brinkmann and Vaupel hit back-to-back doubles to get on the scoreboard, down 5-1.  Brinkmann’s double to left center was followed by Vaupel’s RBI double into left, scoring Brinkmann.  Later in the inning with two outs, Lang’s double to center field plated Vaupel, cutting the deficit to three (5-2).

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