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Rogers State sophomore Andrea Morales unleashes a pitch during the Hillcats’ final series of the season against Fort Hays State University on Thursday afternoon. RSU held a 21-8 record and was ranked 17th in Division II softball.

The No. 17 Rogers State softball team defeated Fort Hays State in both games of a MIAA doubleheader on Thursday at the Diamond Sports Complex.

How it Happened (Game 1): Through the first three innings of the game, Andrea Morales struck out eight batters in the row, with the last two of the eight batters being struck out on six-straight pitches.

In the third inning, the Hillcats put their first run across the plate. Sabrina Anguiano hit a double to right field to score Jaylan Gibson from third base to make the score 1-0.

The Hillcats added another run in the fourth inning. Tailee Redding reached first base after a throwing error from the Tigers third basemen with two outs.

Abigail Taylor stepped up to the plate next to hit a double to right center to score Redding to make the score 2-0.

Two runs proved to be all the Hillcats needed to win the game as Morales continue to be dominant as she only allowed two hits and pitched a complete game shutout.

How it Happened (Game 2): The Hillcats started the game off scoring their only two runs of the game in the first inning. Anguiano started off the inning by reaching base on a single to center field.

After the next two Hillcat batters recorded outs, Makayla Bowman stepped up to the plate to hit a double to left center. The Tigers' left fielder then had a throwing error to the shortstop and this allowed both Anguiano and Bowman to scored.

M'kayla Hillman only needed two runs as well, as she pitched a complete game shutout to give the Hillcats the win.

Key Players: Morales struck out 13 batters in the first game of the doubleheader, which is a season high. Morales also recorded her fifth complete game shutout of the season. She now has a record of 15-2 for the season.

Hillman recorded her third complete game shutout of the season. The freshman is now 6-6 for the year.

Anguiano was 4-for-6 from the plate for the doubleheader, including two doubles in the first game. Anguiano accounted for two runs and one RBI in the games.

Taylor went 3-for-6 from the plate for the doubleheader with a double. Taylor also recorded one RBI.

Up Next: Rogers State and the MIAA have suspended the spring sports season indefinitely due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus. More information will be posted on when it becomes available.

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