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Softball victorious in doubleheader

March 23, 2018

On March 18, the Fighting Scots softball team won a pair of road contests against Fontbonne University upping the win streak to five with wins of 4-3 and 2-0.

The first game of the doubleheader was scoreless through three innings, but that changed in the top of the fourth for the Scots. With the bases loaded, Griffins pitcher Maddy Strickland walked Liz Hippen and Gianna Drager to put Monmouth up two runs.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Fontbonne University struck back with three runs of their own. The first run came off a fielding error by Darcy Kepner at second base. The error allowed Alyssa Pisarek to reach first base and Kayla Winkler to cross home plate for the score. The next at bat for the Griffins saw Maddie Cooksey smash a single through the middle of the infield to bring home two more runs, putting the Griffins up 3-2.

In the top of the sixth with runners on second and third, Gianna Drager knocked in the tying run on a groundout and advanced Darcy Kepner to third base. On the next at bat, Kepner would reach home base safely on a passed ball to give the Scots the winning run.

The second game of the doubleheader saw fewer runs as Cassidy Abbott pitched seven scoreless innings for the Scots allowing only four hits and one walk during her outing. With the stellar pitching performance, Monmouth was not in need of much offensive production.

The Scots seized the lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Kaelan Bradley scoring Savannah Ball from third base. Monmouth tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning when Megan Corniels, pinch-hitting for the Scots, was walked with the bases loaded. Monmouth stopped any attempt of a rally for the Griffins as they allowed only two base runners through the final three innings.

The Fighting Scots softball team looks to keep the momentum rolling as they will face off against Westminster College in a doubleheader on March 26 in Fulton, MO.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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