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Baseball, Softball take on Florida

March 24, 2017

Monmouth’s baseball and softball teams both started off their 2017 seasons down in Florida over Spring Break. Over a seven day span the baseball team played in eight games while softball played in ten. Baseball headed back to Illinois with three wins and the softball team came away with six wins during the week.

Baseball began their Spring Break trip by defeating Widener University 8-6. The Scots needed to mount a comeback after falling behind 6-2 after only two innings. The Scots scored two in the third and two more in the fifth to tie the game at six runs a piece. Nick Stevens hit a clutch single in the bottom of the 8th to drive in two runs and put Monmouth ahead for good.

After a 16-9 loss to Immaculata University the Scots responded with a 15-3 win against Hilbert College. A pair of five run innings for Monmouth was more than enough for the Scots to get their second win of the season.

Monmouth couldn’t come away with a win in their double header against Lebanon Valley College, but took one out of two from Maritime College the very next day. Maritime came away with a win in the first game, but in the second game of the double header the Scots scored eight runs in the third inning and Maritime weren’t able to respond as Monmouth won their third and final game of the trip.

The Softball team also began their Spring Break trip with a win as they defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 7-3. The Scots hit two doubles in the first inning to take a three run lead, but Nebraska Wesleyan responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to pull within one. Monmouth got some insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings and would win 7-3.

The next day Roanoke College would give Monmouth their first loss of the year 11-3, but the Scots had another game later that day and took full advantage of it, beating Elizabethtown College 5-3 behind Gianna Drager’s two RBI’s. The Scots would also win both of their games the next day, beating Wheaton College 5-3 and Saint Vincent College 6-2.

Monmouth fell into a three game slump before winning the second game of a double header against Lebanon Valley College. After losing to Lebanon 8-0 in their first matchup of the day they responded with a 3-2 win against them in the second game. The Scots concluded their trip with a dominating 8-1 win over Misericordia University. Maggie Hayes had a three run double in the fifth inning and starting pitcher Liz Hippen struck out eleven batters and got her third win of the season.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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