LAKEWOOD, Co. – The Fort Hays State softball team fell in its final two games in Colorado this week, with the two losses on the day coming at the hands of Colorado Christian. The Tigers dropped the first contest 11-3, while slipping in the second, 5-1. With the losses, FHSU drops to 7-23 on the season while maintaining a 3-5 record in MIAA play.
Game 1: Colorado Christian 11, Fort Hays State 3
Sara Breckbill continued her strong hitting as she helped the Tigers jump out to a 2-0 lead over the Cougars following a two-run home run to right center. However, Colorado Christian was able to capture the lead in the second inning after four runs were scored to go up 4-2. In the five-inning game, the Tigers were only able to add one more run at the bat of Tess Gray who singled up the middle to cut into the deficit at 3-5 following a Stephanie Day homer for the Cougars.
The third through fifth innings were all Colorado Christian as they tallied six additional runs to take the 11-3 win over Fort Hays State. Kacie Burger connected on a home run in the fourth inning, alongside three other hits to put fellow Cougars on base. A single to right center by Shelby Fusich sealed the win for Colorado Christian when Charlotte Romero and Kendall Yasui were sent home to hit the eight-run rule in the fifth.
The Cougars doubled the Tigers in hits, recording ten compared the FHSU's five. The Tiger defense capitalized by keeping six Cougars on base while FHSU only abandoned four. Five Tigers added a hit to the stat sheet in the contest, while Breckbill's brought in two runs. Three errors hurt Fort Hays State while the Cougars were able to limit their errors in the first meeting to zero.
Hailey Chapman took the loss in the circle for the Tigers, dropping her 2018 record to 2-13. Chapman struck out three batters while walking five in her 4.1 innings pitched. Kenzie Mattey claimed the win while striking-out five Tiger batters and only suffering one walk.
Game 2: Colorado Christian 5, Fort Hays State 1
Just like the first contest, the Tigers got on the board ahead of the Cougars after a double to left center by Bailey Boxberger sent Terran Caldwell across the plate to go up 1-0 over Colorado Christian in the final contest. However, that lead would not last long as a home run from Hanna Farmer evened up the game in the first.
Kacie Burger for the Cougars utilized her first at-bat of the game to give her team the advantage after sending a home run to left center to go up 2-1. That would not be it for Burger, who crushed another long ball, this time worth three runs to end the scoring in the game and give the Cougars a 5-1 lead over the Tigers in the fourth inning. The Tigers would be held scoreless aside from Caldwell's run early on.
The three home run hits would be enough for the Cougars to sweep the Tigers on the day. Colorado Christian tallied nine totaled hits, while Fort Hays State was limited to two. Both teams were hit with two errors in the second game.
Sierra Rodriguez took the loss to drop to 5-8 on the season. Rodriguez earned two strikeouts alongside no walks while giving up six hits. Rodriguez split the pitching duties with Megan Jamison who took care of the final three innings, giving up three hits and striking out one Cougar. Jennifer Romero for Colorado Christian improved to 11-1 through her seven innings pitched on the day with her six strike outs.
The Tigers will head back home to Hays for two consecutive home doubleheaders this weekend. The action starts on Friday when they play host to Central Missouri with first pitch set for 2 p.m., followed by a Saturday double tilt against Southwest Baptist starting at noon.