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March 2, 2010

Curtis Crush ex-Collinsville standout blasts grand-slam

CLAREMORE — Linsey Curtis has yet to find a pitch she can’t send 210 feet.

The Rogers State University freshman power hitter smashed a grand slam in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader to lift the Hillcats past Grand View University, 11-9.

The Hillcats completed the sweep and stole the series from Grand View with a 7-3 victory in the second game.

Taryn Hernandez, pitching in relief of junior starter Tye Coats, collected a pair of wins and improved to 4-0 on the season.

Game 1

Curtis led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a stand-up single and eight batters later, came back around to crush Kylee Jones’s fastball over the left-field wall for grand slam.

The towering shot highlighted an eight-run sixth inning for the Hillcats and gave the Collinsville freshman her seventh home run of the season in just nine games.

Curtis finished the first game with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate and four RBIs.

Hernandez and Shelby Brogdon also collected 3-run homers for the Hillcats, while Dina Ortiz, a catcher from Monahans, Texas, was 2-for-3 with a double and a single.

Grand View scored eight runs on eight hits off Coats in the first five innings, before Hernandez took over.

Hernandez allowed one run on three hits in relief.

Game 2

Grand View took an early 1-0 lead, but the explosive bats of RSU came to life in the bottom of the first inning.

RSU regained the 6-1 lead and never looked back, as Marie Gaudet’s 2-run double highlighted the inning. Gaudet completed her stellar performance in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run over the left-field wall to seal the 7-3 win for the Hillcats.

With the two victories, RSU improves to 7-3.

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