DENVER, Colo. — A failed comeback attempt and a huge bottom of the seventh inning saw the Fort Hays State University softball team return from Tuesday’s doubleheader at Metro State with a pair of losses.
The Tigers (9-19) have lost their last six after Tuesday’s trip west.
Metro State got to Tiger starting pitcher Carrie Clarke in the first inning of the day for a pair of runs.
Bailey Kennedy, a freshman outfielder, tied things up at two with a double to the gap in right in the fifth inning.
After four scoreless frames, the hosts got to Clarke once more, scoring four runs on four hits and a Tiger error in the bottom of the sixth.
Candace Bollig and Tess Gray singled in the top of the seventh, but FHSU failed to score in the top of the seventh.
Each team finished with seven hits. Bollig was the only Tiger with two hits.
FHSU got plenty of offense early in the second game but failed to hang on.
Veronica Knittig opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the top of the first. Run-scoring singles from Bailey Boxberger and Jeni Mohr bookended a bases-loaded walk to Gray, which put the Tigers up 6-0 before Hailey Chapman entered the circle for the first time.
Chapman gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, but Boxberger got the runs right back with a two-run single in the second. FHSU would not score again, however.
Metro State struck for one run in the bottom half before Chapman strung together four scoreless innings.
Cassidy Smith got the Metro State rally rolling in its final at-bat with a solo homer that made it 8-4. MSU closed within two after an error.
A pair of run-scoring doubles, the second of which came off Carissa Terry’s bat, saw Metro State walk off with the win.
The Tigers owned a 12-11 advantage in hits, led by Strand and Boxberger with three apiece. Boxberger also plated a team-high three runs for FHSU.
The Tigers will look to get back on track when they return to MIAA play with a doubleheader Friday at Central Missouri.