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Tiger softball earns run-rule win in first round

By The Hays Daily News

OVERLAND PARK, Kan — MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year Maddie Holub threw another gem Friday in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament.

Holub pitched all five innings of an 8-0 run-rule victory for the Fort Hays State University softball team against Pittsburg State University, and threw the first no-hitter of her career to not go the distance. Holub had five strikeouts with four walks in five innings.

The win pushed the Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the tourney, to 42-9 for the season.

Playing in wet, cold conditions in the Kansas City area, Holub notched her 300th career strikeout in the first inning, according to FHSU sports information, as she had five strikeouts in the game to move to 25-1.

Offensively, Holub scored twice and drove in a run, while Amanda Vaupel, a second-team all-MIAA selection, finished 1 of 2, and drove
in a run. Jenna Lang finished with two hits and drove in a run and had one of three doubles for the Tigers.

Fort Hays, ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II and No. 1 in the Central Region, returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday against third-seeded Missouri Western State University. The Griffons defeated Truman State 5-3 in other action Friday.

Win or lose Saturday morning, the Tigers will play again at 1 p.m.