Softball beats Colorado Mines


Fort Hays State and Colorado School of Mines ended up playing just one game of what should have been the last two of a four-game series at Tiger Stadium on Wednesday (Mar. 22). An agreement by the coaches following game one clipped the second game of the doubleheader, but the Tigers completed a three-game midweek non-conference sweep of the Orediggers by a score of 3-1.

With the win, Fort Hays State improved to 19-10 overall. Colorado School of Mines dropped to 11-18.

The one run scored by Colorado School of Mines in the first inning on Wednesday was its only run of the entire series after two straight shutouts by the Tigers on Tuesday. After surrendering the one run, Savanah Egger settled in for another strong performance in the pitching circle as she moved to 9-4 on the season with the win.

Fort Hays State leveled the score in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Sarah TiffanyPeyton Shepard pushed the Tigers into the lead, 2-1, in the second with an RBI single. Carly Stuke added to the Tiger lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single of her own.

Egger finished with nine strikeouts in her complete-game effort in the circle. She yielded just four hits. Kat Miller took her first loss of the season for Colorado School of Mines, throwing 4.0 innings with three runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. Lauren Decker pitched a scoreless final two innings for CSM.

Shepard led the Tigers with three of the team’s nine hits, while Madison Pierce and Stuke each had two.

Fort Hays State returns to action on Saturday (Mar. 25) when it plays host to Nebraska-Kearney in an MIAA doubleheader set to begin at 12 p.m. A ceremony for the official name change of Tiger Stadium to Fleharty Family Field will be held between the games.