MARYVILLE, Mo. — THe Fort Hays State University softball team fell twice to Northwest Missouri State on Sunday in Maryville, Mo., its third consecutive sweep against MIAA opponents.
FHSU is now 13-24 overall and 7-13 in the MIAA, while NWMSU improved to 29-9 overall and 13-5 in the MIAA.
A two-run double and a run-scoring triple pushed the Bearcats out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of Game 1.
Northwest put up three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend its lead to 6-0 on a pair of Tiger errors.
The Tigers managed just three hits off of Bearcat pitcher Kendle Schieber.
FHSU scored their only run of the day in the top half of the sixth. Kylie Strand led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, and ended up on second after a sacrifice bunt from Rilee Krier. Strand then scored after a single from Claudia Vazquez and a throwing error from the Bearcats.
The Bearcats added one more in the bottom of the sixth and held the Tigers scoreless in the seventh to walk away with the 7-1 win.
Paxton Duran took the loss after giving up seven runs (three earned) on 14 hits with four strikeouts in six innings. Schieber improved to 16-4 on the season by not allowing an earned run, striking out six.
The Tigers were hitless through the first four innings of Game 2 against NWMSU starter Sarah Baldwin.
Fort Hays State starter Carrie Clarke held the Bearcats hitless through the first three innings before allowing her first hit in the fourth.
She ran into trouble in the fifth as Madison Jones broke the scoreless tie with a solo homer to lead off the inning. An error and a double led to another run scoring.
Northwest tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with a double and then an RBI single by Jones.
Baldwin (7-4) allowed just three hits to FHSU and struck out four. Clarke (4-9) allowed just five hits and two earned runs with one walk and one strikeout.
FHSU sits in 11th in the MIAA standings with only eight advancing to the MIAA Softball Championships. FHSU has only six conference games remaining.
The Tigers, losers of seven straight, look to rebound in a non-conference doubleheader at Newman at 3 p.m.