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Scots pick up conference wins

April 6, 2018

Last Friday, the Scots’ softball team headed to Knox College to take on the Prairie Fire in a doubleheader. Monmouth picked up two wins to start conference play.

In game one the Scots only managed to pick up one run in the first four innings of action despite having five hits and not having a strikeout. In the top of the third Monmouth broke through for the first run of the game on a Laura Dulee double that scored Kaelan Bradley.

The Scots busted the game wide open in the top of the fifth as they were able to string together four hits and four runs to take a 5-0 lead. In the bottom half of the fifth Knox threatened to score with two women on base with two outs, but pitcher Liz Hippen was able to get out of the inning with no harm done.

In the sixth inning, Monmouth would increase their lead to ten thanks to a two-run home run and two sacrifice flies. The Prairie Fire would go down easily in the bottom half of the inning to end the game. Liz Hippen would come away with the win after striking out six batters while only allowing four hits.

Game two of the doubleheader was a bit more interesting than the first. The Scots got off to a hot start as they plated three runs in the top of the first inning. Knox would fire back right away though and score four runs in the bottom of the first off of six hits.

In the top of the second Monmouth would retake the lead 6-4. The Scots were able to get five hits in the inning and were focused to not let this lead slip from their grasp.

Monmouth added three more runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 9-4 lead. The Prairie Fire would score one run in the bottom of the fourth to cut into the deficit.

The next three innings saw no scoring and only five hits between the two teams. The Scots would come away with a 9-5 victory to take both games of the doubleheader.

The Fighting Scots will have a busy weekend as they play on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Monmouth will head to Pella, Illinois on Friday to take on Central College before hosting Cornell College on Saturday and Augustana College on Sunday.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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