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February 25, 2013

SOFTBALL: Lady 'Cats move to 7-0, sweep Grand View

CLAREMORE — The Rogers State softball team kept their unbeaten streak intact as the Hillcats registered a three-game sweep over Grand View (Iowa) on Saturday and Sunday at the Diamond Sports Complex.

The Cats opened the three-game series with a 4-0 win over the Vikings on Saturday evening. RSU registered a 4-1 win in the first game of the twin bill on Sunday and capped off the weekend with a come-from-behind 10-2 five-inning run-rule in the nightcap.

GAME ONE

The Hillcats posted two runs in both the second and sixth innings while pitcher Yolanda Rios held the Vikings to one hit in the contest as RSU registered the 4-0 victory on Saturday.

Rios helped her own cause on offense with a one out single in the second frame to get things started for the Hillcats. Taran Threet drew a walk to put runners on first and second and both runners advanced into scoring position on a pass ball. With two outs, senior Ashlie Fauchier drove in both base runners with a double to deep right-center field.

In the fifth inning, Cailin Simpson hit a one-out double down the left field line and Candace Monigold followed with a home run over the centerfield fence to give RSU a 4-0 advantage.

The four-run cushion was all Rios needed as she faced the minimum in the top of the sixth and seventh to seal the Hillcat win. The junior pitcher tossed the complete game shutout with seven strikeouts while allowing just one hit and one walk.

Haleigh Munson was tagged with loss in the circle for the Vikings, as she tossed 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

GAME TWO

In the opening game of the Sunday twin bill, the Hillcats benefited from two errors in the first frame to take an early 3-0 advantage and held the lead the rest of the way, winning 4-1.

With runners on first and third in the bottom of the first, Rios hit a ball down the first baseline and the first baseman misplayed the ball, allowing a run to score. Shona Guerrero followed with fielder’s choice that allowed Threet to score and the two other base runners moved into scoring position on a wild throw. Rios rounded out the scoring in the inning as she reached home on a pass ball.

Rios faced the minimum in the first three innings of the game in the circle and Linsey Curtis tacked on a run for RSU in the bottom of the third with a RBI double to left field.

Grand View got on the scoreboard in the sixth with a solo shot over the left field fence by Anna Arnold. Rios got out of the inning without allowing any more runs and shut down the Vikings in the seventh to earn the win in the circle. She tossed the complete game, allowing one run on five hits while fanning eight batters.

Simpson led the offensive charge, going 3-for-4 at the plate.

GAME THREE

For the first time in the series, the Vikings took an early lead but the Hillcats stormed back to earn the short-game victory in the finale.

The Hillcat defense got off to a rough start in the opening frame of the game, committing three errors that led to a one-run lead for GV.

The Vikings doubled their lead in the top of the third with another Hillcat error, giving GV a 2-0 advantage.

The RSU bats came alive in the bottom of the third as Jamie King led off the inning with a solo shot over the left field fence. Simpson followed with a single, Monigold walked and Jackie Flores reached base on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Laura Fleck drove in two runs with a double to right-center field to give RSU the 3-2 advantage.  

Fleck faced the minimum in the top of the fourth and the Hillcats used major firepower in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-2 lead. RSU tallied nine hits and seven runs in the inning highlighted by a three-run home run by Simpson.

Fleck faced the minimum in the top of the fifth to complete the run-rule. The southpaw earned the win in the circle, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

Rogers State (7-0) returns to action on March 1-2 as the Hillcats travel to Wichita, Kan. for the Friends University Tournament.

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