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Tiger softball 1-3 in weekend trip

By The Hays Daily News

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Fort Hays State University softball team went 1-3 in a weekend road trip to Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University on Friday and Saturday.

The Tigers were swept by Mo. Western, 3-0, and 5-2, on Friday, then rallied for a split against NW Missouri on Saturday, falling 7-4, then winning 3-2 in eight innings in the nightcap.

FHSU moved to 23-16, and continues an eight-game road swing with trips to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., on Friday, then a doubleheader Saturday at Pittsburg State University.

In Friday's games, Paxton Duran took the loss in Game 1 as the Tigers had just three hits. Bianca Adame had two of the hits, while Amanda Vaupel added the third.

In the nightcap, Mo. Western put up five runs in the second inning, four coming off starter Sarah Cochran, who fell to 0-2 in 1.2 innings pitched. Kelsey Kimminau finished the game. Danie Brinkmann was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored. Jenna Lang finished 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

On Saturday, Duran took the loss in Game 1. She threw just 2.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits. Katlyn Kern entered in the third, giving up two more runs.

Samanthan Villarreal had two runs for the Tigers with three RBIs, going 3 for 3.

In the nightcap, Kimminau started and lasted four innings. She gave up both NWMS runs. Jordan Jones pitched the sixth, and Duran finished the game for the win to move to 13-7.

After FHSU rallied to tie the game on an RBI double by Callie Wright, Adame led off the eighth with a single, then advanced clear to third on a steal and throwing error. Courtney Dobson drove in the go-ahead on a sacrifice fly, then Vaupel sealed the win in the home half of the inning with a diving catch in center field.