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Griffon softball looks to continue hot start in Hawaii

The Griffons won five out of six games in their third and final weekend in Arkansas at the UAM 8-State Classic tournament.

Western found themselves in a close game with Minnesota State University of Manatanko to open the tournament. After a 1-1 stalemate for most of the game, senior Katie Klosterman blasted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, scoring both her and fellow senior Morgan Rathmann to lift Western over their opponent by a score of 3-2.

However, Western would fall later that day to the University of Illinois-Springfield by a score of 3-6.

Western quickly forgot that loss, and would close out the tournament with four straight wins, capping it off with an impressive 10-2 victory over William Jewell College.

After starting the season with an overall record of 11-3, Coach Bagley has been impressed with her team’s performance.

 “It’s really big to come out of the tournaments with a record like this before conference play begins,” Bagley said. “To have a record like 11-3 really puts us in a less than stressful spot, as over the years we used to come out these tournaments one or two games over .500.”

 Senior Morgan Rathmann set Western’s all-time stolen bases record at 83, and will more than likely build on that record throughout the remainder of the season.  

Western will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii this coming week to face Chaminade University. They will play a double-header before traveling to Laie, Hawaii to face Brigham-Young University on Saturday. They will finish their Hawaiian Island hop with a double-header against Hawaii Pacific University on Tuesday. 

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