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Hippen tosses no-hitter in opener

March 16, 2018

Over spring break, the Fighting Scots softball team kicked off their season down in Clermont, FL. The Scots played a total of twelve games over a six-day period, posting a 7-5 record to begin their 2018 season.

Monmouth began their season on March 4th against two Pennsylvania schools: the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Ursinus College. Against Greensburg, the game was tight early, but the Scots busted the game wide open with six runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth. Senior Liz Hippen threw a no-hitter and the Scots came away with a 13-0 victory.

The Scots’ next matchup against Ursinus College began a bit rockier than the season opener. Monmouth gave up two runs in the first inning, but they would bounce back in the bottom half of the inning and score six of their own. Ursinus would only post one more run the rest of the game and the Scots would win their second game of the day 10-3.

Monmouth’s March 5th double-headers were against two fellow Midwest schools. The Scots first matchup of the day came against Carthage College. On the offensive end, the Scots had a great game, posting seven runs on seven hits. On the defensive side, the Scots only gave up four hits in seven innings as they shut out Carthage 7-0 to start the season 3-0.

The Scots would then hit a rough patch over their next few games, as they lost would lose five of their next six. They would end the trip on a high note though, winning their last three games.

Monmouth would defeat Lebanon Valley College 10-5 to move to .500 on the trip. The Scots scored in every inning besides the top of the sixth and held Lebanon Valley to only six hits.

On the final day of their trip, Monmouth would post shutouts against Wartburg College and Concordia University Chicago. The Scots defeated Wartburg 1-0, the only run coming in the bottom of the first off Darcy Kepner’s RBI single. In their final game of the Florida trip, the Scots would string together eight hits and only allow five as they won 3-0.

The Scots posted a 7-5 record while in Florida. Their next game will be on Sunday, March 18th at Fontbonne University.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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