March 16, 2019 11:29:30 PM
The Mississippi University for Women's softball team swept Hendrix College, 7-2 and 2-1, in Saturday's "Strikeout Cancer" doubleheader played in Columbus.
The first game of the day was a battle at-bat with both teams easily connecting with the ball.
The Owls edged out the Warriors at the plate with 10 hits while holding Hendrix to eight. The two opponents tied in errors with two miscues each.
The Owls were the first team to score, grabbing two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Heidi Matthews collected an RBI and reached base on a throwing error, which allowed Kristen Martin to score. Matthews then came home on a fielder's choice ground out with Bailee Watts tallying the RBI.
The Owls caught fire offensively in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Madison Fields scored on a single by Anna Lloyd, Lloyd scored on a pass ball, and Kandler Flora scored on a sacrifice bunt to third base by Kristen Martin.
In the fifth, Fields scored the Owls final run on a single by Emily Littlejohn.
Senior outfielder Kristen Martin led the Owls at the plate with two hits.
Heidi Matthew was also a great contributor to the offense with a 2-for-4 appearance with two runs and one RBI with Madison Fields who also lent two runs and one RBI.
On the mound, senior Madison Scoggin improved to a 6-1 record with 7.0 innings pitched for four strikeouts.
In game two, the Owls had to depend on their defense to stay ahead of the Warriors.
Hendrix outhit The W, 8-2, but was unable to convert the effort into runs.
The Owls got another early lead against the Warriors with a run scored in the first inning. Carolyn "Kendall" Wilkinson sent a sacrifice fly to center field to send Kristen Martin home.
In the second, Hendrix tied it up with a run on an Owls error but The W sealed its victory in the sixth when Anna Lloyd scored on a fielder's choice with Martin being credited with the RBI.
Entering the game in the fourth inning, Amelia Stalter took the victory on the mound. The freshman right-hander pitched 3.1 innings for two strikeouts and four hits against.
Donna Douglas entered the game in the seventh inning to deal out three strikeouts for the save.
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