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Hillcat Softball Moves Past Midland in Doubleheader Sweep

Yolanda Rios struck out 19 batters in SaturdayYolanda Rios struck out 19 batters in Saturday's doubleheader versus Midland (photo by RSU Sports Information).

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CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State softball closed out its weekend slate of games with a doubleheader sweep of Midland University (Neb.) Saturday at the Diamond Sports Complex.

The Softball Cats used a three run bottom of the fifth to earn a 5-1 victory in the first game and in the nightcap of the twin bill put together a five run fourth inning for the 8-2 win.

GAME ONE

RSU opened the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning with a RBI triple by Taran Threet scored Candace Monigold to put the Hillcats in front 1-0.

A single by Nicole Andrews through the hole at shortstop scored Jennie Sayker to tie the game for the Warriors at 1-1 in the visitors half of the fourth. Coach Mark Dicus’ squad answered with a pinch hit, RBI double by Katrina Loy scored Toni Shurtliff as RSU regained the lead 2-1 in the home half of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, a double to deep right-center field by Yolanda Rios scored Monigold to push the lead out to 3-1. Shona Guerrero followed with a single to left field to bring runners home from third and second putting the score at its final mark of 5-1.

Rios went the complete game allowing one earned run on five hits as she walked five but fanned eight Warrior batters.

Sarah Leimser received the loss for Midland as she allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits.

GAME TWO

In the second game of the doubleheader the two squads were unable to put runs on the board in the first three innings.

Despite the temperatures cooling as the sun set in Claremore the Hillcat bats warmed up in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run by Desireé Ayarzagoitia to left field. RSU wasn’t done as Monigold doubled to center with two outs to score Ashlie Fauchier and Jamie King. The Warrior center fielder was unable to cleanly field the ball resulting in Kailin Simpson scoring on the bobble. Threet double to deep center scoring Monigold from second and giving RSU the 5-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth a throwing error to first by the Hillcat second baseman attempting to get the double play at first resulted in the Midland runner scoring from third. Two batters later a two0out double into the left field corner scored Jennie Sayker from first trimming the Hillcats advantage to 5-2.

Fauchier led off the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle. Linsey Curtis, pinch hitting for King, blasted a two-run home run to left-center field on her first pitch building the lead back to five runs.

Rios’ single to shallow right with two outs helped her own cause as Monigold scored to put the score at its final mark of 8-2.

Rios earned the complete game victory giving up two unearned runs on six hits walking just one Warrior while fanning 11 batters on just 103 pitches.

Sammy Hislop received the loss for Midland as she allowed eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits. She walked four and struck out three as Midland moves to 0-2 on the season.

Candace Monigold went 4-for-6 on the day with two RBI and two stolen bases with two doubles. Taran Threet ended the day with two RBI as she batted 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple versus the Warriors.

Rogers State (11-0) will travel to Chickasha, Okla. for the Sooner Athletic Conference season opener versus USAO on Tuesday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

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