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Softball dominates Midwest opponents

April 15, 2016

The Fighting Scots softball team capped off an impressive six game stretch in which they went 5-1 by splitting their double header with Grinnell College on Wednesday. Monmouth dropped their first game 1-0 but came back to win the second game 4-1. The Scots are now 17-9 overall while going 11-3 in conference play.

“Today everything just seemed to click,” said sophomore Kaylee Kurtz. “Our energy was up, we came out swinging the bats and we had a solid defensive front.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Hippen took the hill for the Scots in the first game and continued to string together strong pitching performances by limiting the Pioneer offense to a mere two hits. Her only charged run came after a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth.

The fifth inning run turned out to be the deciding run in the game, as neither team could plate another run. The Scots offense produced four hits in the contest with junior Kirstyn Ozga collecting two of them.

Monmouth College looked to rebound in the second game and their efforts were rewarded. Senior Emily Siefkin picked up the Scots’ first RBI in the twin bill by driving in junior Maggie Hayes in the top of the third inning.

The Scots saw another pair of runners cross home plate in the fourth inning. Junior Carolyn Scherpe stole home on a double steal and Hippen picked up an RBI as she advanced freshman Elena Sakellaropoulos with her base hit.

The Scots would add another run in the fifth inning after senior Charlotte Park doubled to drive home sophomore Michaela Guthrie. Starting pitcher Brianna Perschall pitched well and held the Pioneer offense to a single run, which came in the fifth inning.

Hippen made her second appearance of the double header and posted a Monmouth College record fifth save on the season to slam the door shut on Grinnell’s hopes of a comeback.

The 1-1 split came after a weekend in which they won five of their six games against conference opponents. The Scots swept their double header against St. Norbert on Saturday and kept that momentum going into Tuesday when they swept their twin bill against Illinois College.

“Both of today’s games were big conference wins,” said Hippen. “ Everyone played well and contributed to the wins.”

The Scots will return to action this Saturday as they travel down the road to Knox College for a double header.

Courtney McGeHee
Contributing writer

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