Scots pitchers douse Prairie Fire
April 22, 2016
Anthony Matozzi / The Courier - Sophomore Elizabeth Hippen delivers the ball to home plate.
The Monmouth Scots softball had a dominating Saturday afternoon after their two-game sweep of the Knox Prairie Fire in a doubleheader. Junior pitcher Liz Hippen and sophomore pitcher allowed a combined three hits to pair with the stout Scots offense that outscored the Prairie Fire 25-1 in the twin bill.
“Knox is always tough competition for us even if the record doesn’t say otherwise,” said Hippen. “They always show up to play with us. Our defense was really solid and our bats came alive. We had double digit runs in both games and our defense allowed us to keep both games in 5 innings which was really big for our pitchers.
Hippen recorded a historic five inning appearance for the Scots. The junior hurler notched ten strikeouts and laid a goose egg in the hit column to toss the first Monmouth College softball no-hitter since 1996.
To pair with Hippen’s outstanding performance, the offense did their job and then some. The offense managed to produce fifteen hits and was so overwhelmingly in charge it forced the mercy rule to be called.
Sophomore Michaela Guthrie began the hit parade with a one-out RBI double in the first inning. Two more runs were driven in that inning to give the Scots an early 3-0 lead.
The Scots blew the game wide open with a six-run fourth that saw Hippen getting in on the hitting action with a two-run double and a run scored. The Scots piled on two more runs before the game was called for an 11-0 win.
Game 2 saw another dominant outing on the mound behind Kurtz’s seven strikeouts. The offense certainly didn’t slow down as the Scots churned out thirteen hits in route to a 14-1 victory.
Tied at one, the Scots blew the game open yet again with a single-inning onslaught of five runs before the Prairie Fire were able to record a single out. Junior Kirstyn Ozga drove in the first runs of the inning with a two-run double. The Scots only added to their lead in the third with a whopping six more runs.
“It’s always an awesome feeling beating Knox,” said senior Emily Siefkin. “but dominating them the way we did this weekend was like the cherry on top of us senior’s careers against them. It’s definitely the way we wanted to go out against Knox.”
Siefkin was perfect at the plate by going 3-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Monmouth was led offensively by senior catcher Charlotte Park. Park went 5-7 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored. Senior Emily Watkins was 4-5 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored.
The Scots played a complete game all around. They will certainly be hoping to carry that momentum into this Saturday’s doubleheader against Washington University. The first game of the twin bill is slated for noon with second game scheduled for 2:00 PM.