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Softball storms past Lincoln, extends win streak to 16 games

Griffon softball showed consistency in making their streak 16 in a row beating the Lincoln Lions.

The Griffons have been on a row lately, and they didn’t stop sweeping the Lions in the series.

The Griffons currently have an overall record of 25-9 and are 10-2 in the MIAA. The Lincoln Blue Tigers now have an overall record of 3-27 and is 2-14 in conference play.

The Griffons are also on a home win streak with a record of 14-0 at the Spring Sports Complex.

They are ranked #17 in the JFCA National Poll for the first time this season. On Friday’s doubleheader, the Griffons beat the Lindenwood Lions 5-2 and 6-4. On Saturday, the Griffons came out with the same momentum beating the Lincoln Blue Tigers 9-0 and 8-0.

Tiffany Gillaspy feels that they are playing with a lot of confidence, but they are not getting out of character. She stated that they have done a good job of starting games off well.

“We’re definitely playing confident, but still within ourselves,” Gillaspy said. “In the past, we weren’t starting out games strong, but now we are playing all 7 innings strong.”

Coach Jen Bagley-Trotter says that her team needs to keep doing the little things right.

“We did a good job against Lincoln doing the small things right,” Bagley-Trotter said. “ We cleaned up our defense, made sure we were swinging in control, and we were able to put more wins together, and this was a good weekend/learning experience.”

Bagley-Trotter stated that even though they are on a win streak, they have to continue to stay loose and practice well.

“We have a good time in practice,” Bagley-Trotter said. “ I think it is important to keep them loose and continue to do small things right. There is a very focused effort at practice. The longer we go with success, we have to continue to stay focused and don’t tense up”

Bagley-Trotter also said that they are happy about the win streak, but her team doesn’t think about it too much.

“I don’t think about the win streak too much,” Bagley-Trotter said. “ I don’t hear the girls talking about it too much, but I know it’s a fun thing for the media and fans, but in terms of us and our approach, we don’t talk about it. Not that we don’t want to talk about it, it’s just not important.”

In the series against Lincoln, Gillaspy also felt that they had an all-around good game.

“We hit well, pitched well and we didn’t let up. We kept the gas pedal on,” Gillaspy said.

Gillaspy has been recognized nationally and was named National Player of the Week. Gillaspy said that she is happy about the recognition but wants to remain humble.

“It feels good to be recognized nationally,” Gillaspy said. “I try not to let it get to my head. I just stay humble and play with confidence.”

The Griffons are set to play Fort Hays State in a conference doubleheader in Hays, Kansas. First pitch is set for Friday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

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