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Softball takes down Vikings 11-0, 7-5

April 27, 2018

The Fighting Scots softball team had two doubleheaders this past weekend, both home matchups. On Saturday, Monmouth took on Lawrence University, and on Sunday, the Scots faced off against Lake Forest College.

Against Lawrence, the Fighting Scots took control early in game one. In the first two innings, Monmouth combined for eleven hits and ten runs to put the game out of reach early.

Starting pitcher Liz Hippen was dominant. Monmouth’s ace pitched five innings, striking out four and only allowing five hits. Hippen moved to 9-4 on the season as the Scots shutout the Vikings 11-0.

Monmouth got off to a strong start in game two as well. The Scots put up two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Lawrence responded in the top of the third with three runs of their own.

Lawrence increased their lead to two runs in the top of the fourth, but Monmouth would respond in the bottom of the inning with three runs, regaining the lead.

The Scots would add two runs in the fifth inning and would get their second victory of the day by a score of 7-5. Hippen would add another win to her resume and Kaylee Hurts lead the way on offense, driving in three runs with a fourth-inning double.

On Sunday, the Scots were back in action against the Lake Forest Foresters. The first three innings was a pitching battle, but Monmouth finally broke through in the bottom of the third, taking a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, that was the last runs the Scots would score in game one.

Lake Forest racked up four runs in the top of the fifth and added to their lead in the top of the seventh. Monmouth would have nine hits compared to Lake Forest’s eight, but the Scots would lose the opening game 7-2.

Monmouth once again scored first in game two and had a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Both teams would trade runs in the third inning, but the Foresters would take over offensively after that.

Lake Forest would seven hits and eight runs in the next three innings to put the game out of reach. Monmouth would fall to the Foresters 9-3 to end their weekend.

The Scots will have a busy upcoming weekend. First, Monmouth will host Beloit College on Saturday, and then they will head up north to St. Norbert College for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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