The Fort Hays State University softball team swept Nebraska-Kearney for the second time in as many days Sunday at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers used an RBI double in the sixth to grab a 2-1 win in Game 1 before claiming a 10-0 run-rule victory to win their fourth straight against the Lopers. The Tigers finished the regular season at 21-28 overall, while the Lopers finished their season at 18-28 overall.
Fort Hays State hopped on the board in Game 1 when Rilee Krier led off the first inning with a single to right, stole second and moved on to third on a groundout. Tori Beltz scored Krier with a sacrifice fly.
UNK evened the score in the third. A lead-off walk and a double put runners on second and third. Courtney Dobson made a great diving grab in foul territory, but the runner on third tagged to score and tie the contest.
Beltz led off the inning with her second double of the game and was replaced by pinch runner Chermayne Yago. Starting pitcher Paxton Duran helped her own cause with an RBI double to left.
The Lopers had the tying run in scoring position after a walk and a stolen base, but Duran (15-17) secured the win in Game 1 with a strikeout in her 25th complete game of the season.
Krier led off Game 2 with a single to third before swiping two bags. Claudia Vazquez drove her in via a groundout to put the Tigers on the board first.
The Tigers pushed six runs across the plate in the third. With the bases loaded, Kylie Strand sent a two-RBI double to right-center. Erin Elmore was hit by a pitch before Krier made the game 4-0 with an RBI single to left. Vazquez extended the Tiger lead to 7-0 when she cleared the bases with a double to center, giving her four RBI for the game.
The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth on a pinch-hit single from Ashley Beavers and back-to-back walks from Dobson and Duran. Strand delivered a single through the left side to plate a run, then the Lopers helped plate two more with a fielding and throwing error on the same play. UNK had no answer in the top of the fifth, allowing the game to end by run rule.
Carrie Clarke picked up the win for the Tigers in her first complete game shutout of the year. She went 5.0 innings, allowing five hits and four walks with a strikeout.
No. 7 seed FHSU faces No. 2 seed Northwest Missouri State in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium complex in Oklahoma City.
Fort Hays State 2, Nebraska-Kearney 1
UNK 001 000 0 — 1 5 2
FHSU 100 001 x — 2 5 0
WP — Duran (15-17). LP — Larsen (6-12). UNK: Larsen and Dwyer; FHSU: Duran and Elmore. 2B — UNK: Ruwe, Stern; FHSU: Beltz, Duran.
Fort Hays State 10, Nebraska-Kearney 0
UNK 000 00 — 0 5 3
FHSU 106 3x — 10 9 1
WP — Clarke (5-11). LP — Merril (8-10). UNK: Merril, Housholder (3), Larsen (4) and Dwyer; FHSU: Clarke and Elmore. 2B — FHSU: Vazquez and Strand.