MWSU’s Softball Team Moves Their Record 6-4

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Emma Hoffart was determined not to let the weather get to her as softball split the weekend
going 2-2 moving their record to 6-4.
The Griffons third baseman went 9-12 over the weekend, scoring four runs and batting in five
runs. She also added in two stolen bases and two walks.
The first game was against Ouachita Baptist where the Griffons won 4-2 with all scores coming
in the 4th inning. Pitcher Kaili Hinds threw a five strikeout complete game, only letting up four
hits and a walk. Four Griffons had two hits. MWSU had chances to score even more, leaving 11
runners on base.
Head coach Jen Bagley-Trotter was happy with her teams performance in the Ouachita game.
“Our bats were hot in that game, we played them the weekend prior and put up eight runs,” Trotter
said. “They had a bunch of miscues which our players took advantage of.”
Their second game had even more offense, when the Griffons beat Harding University 12-5. Shelby
Uhl led off the first with a solo home run. Hoffart then blasted a three-run shot to end the first.
Morgan Frost saved the best for last though, nailing a grand slam in the fourth inning to cap off this
miniature home run derby.
Olivia Goodale picked up her first save of the season, holding Harding off the scoreboard over three
innings. She allowed four hits, walked two and struck out one while Kenzie Hilzer (2-1) got the win,
allowing three runs on five hits over the first four innings, walking five and striking out five.
Trotter was happy to finally break the streak of scoreless games against Harding.
“We’ve been scoreless against them for three years now so it’s nice to see our bats come alive,”
Trotter said. “Harding being Harding they’re a great team and I was so happy to see our bats do
what they did.”
On Saturday, the Griffons fell to Henderson State 8-2. Missouri Western jumped out to a 2-0 lead
after two innings but Henderson State took the lead with a three-run third then added to it with a
four-run fourth.
The Griffon offense that produced more than two dozen hits in Arkadelphia on Friday was held
relatively quiet on Saturday, totaling 13 hits in the two losses.
Missouri Western then lost to Arkansas at Montecello 4-3. The Griffons led 2-1 after two innings, but
UAM took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth. MWSU tied the game at three with a Lauren
Houston RBI-single in the sixth but the Blossoms ended the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of
the seventh. Emma Hoffart went 3-3 while Taylor Hoelscher was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Next softball travels to Joplin