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Softball splits home doubleheader

April 20, 2018

Lily Guillen, THE COURIER

On April 17, the Fighting Scots softball team split a pair of home games against Cornell College. They dropped the first game of the afternoon 4-3 before taking the second game 2-1.

Liz Hippen took to the mound for Monmouth in the first game of the doubleheader. Cornell found success against her early as they tallied three runs in the opening inning. Melissa Orton started the scoring with a double to right field that yielded a run. On the ensuing at-bat, Jana Froehle singled, scoring Orton from second, and with two outs, Sarah Schimanski singled tacking on the final run of the inning for a score of 3-0.

After going scoreless in the first, the Scots’ offense got rolling. In the second, Hippen knocked in a run off a groundout to cut the lead to two. After a Madyson Fox walk, Kaylee Kurtz singled to add on the final run of the inning.

In the fourth inning, Cornell scored their last run off a groundout by Stephanie Xavier. That run proved to be vital as the Rams held on for a 4-3 victory in the first of the doubleheader.

The second match of the afternoon saw Monmouth take the lead and never look back. In the first inning, Becca Gallis singled scoring Laura Dulee for the 1-0 lead.

Monmouth held onto that lead until the fifth inning when the Rams’ infielder Sabrina Calabrese homered to even the score.

The Scots regained the lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth off a double by Dulee that scored Alison Trettin.

That late run afforded Cornell only three outs to tie the game up. Monmouth’s Zelinda Taylor struck out one while the remaining two flew out and groundout to seal the win. The Scots claimed the second match of the day with a 2-1 win.

Monmouth moved to 14-10 on the season with a 3-3 record in Midwest Conference play. Up next for Scots softball, they host a doubleheader against Lawrence University on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for one.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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