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Tiger softball earns two wins at MIAA tourney

By The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State University softball team's championship hopes are alive and well.

The Tigers (31-17) defeated Pittsburg State University 7-2 and upset No. 21 Missouri Western State University 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the double-elimination Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Assocation Softball Championships on Thursday at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex in Overland Park.

FHSU junior Maddie Holub pitched complete games in both games, going 14 innings. Holub struck out 16 batters in the first-round game and eight batters in the second-round game.

The Tigers have now defeated Pittsburg State three times this season, but they were swept by Missouri Western during the regular season.

The second-round game was a pitchers duel, as Holub faced Jackie Bishop, MIAA Pitcher of the Year.

Holub allowed seven hits, a walk and one earned run, while Bishop surrendered four hits, a walk and two earned runs, while striking out seven.

Holub hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.

Missouri Western tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run, but FHSU responded with a run in the same inning. Freshman center fielder Amanda Vaupel hit a two-out single to right field, scoring sophomore catcher Callie Wright.

The Tigers will face No. 1 seed Emporia State University (37-9) in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday. FHSU was swept at Emporia earlier in the season 2-1 and 6-4.

Tigers earn all-MIAA honors

Six Fort Hays State University softball players were named to the all-conference softball team.

The team was announced Thursday prior to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Softball Championship in Overland Park.

Junior pitcher Maddie Holub and senior second baseman Taylor Nelson were named to the first team, while sophomore catcher Callie Wright and senior first baseman Adriana Wortley were second team selections.

Wortley also was named the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year.

Junior third baseman Chelsey Rottinghaus and freshman outfielder Amanda Vaupel were honorable mention selections.

Holub led the MIAA and ranked in the top five in NCAA Division II in strikeouts with 279 and saves with four. She also set the FHSU single-season record in both categories.

She finished the year 17-8 and had a 1.64 ERA in 175 innings pitched. She also was a three-time MIAA Player of the Week.

Offensively, Holub also excelled offensively, leading the team in batting average with .347, hits with 51 and home runs with seven.

Nelson led the team in runs scored with 35, doubles with 10, triples with three and RBIs with 31. She posted a .320 batting average.

Wortley became the first FHSU player to win the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year award, and it was her third consecutive second team selection at first base. She posted a .319 batting average.

She recorded 273 putouts and 12 assists while committing only four errors for a .986 fielding percentage.

Wright earned her first all-conference honor.

She made the transition from outfield to catcher this season and responded by hitting .252 with six doubles, one triple and three home runs. She threw out seven runners stealing and picked off four more.

Rottinghaus hit .275 this season and had six doubles, one triple and three home runs.

Vaupel ranked second on the team in batting average, hitting .333. She finished with 47 hits, which included five doubles and two home runs.