Missouri Western softball splits final two games of Hy-Vee Classic

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riggertMissouriWesternST. JOSEPH – Much like the previous day, it was a tale of two games for the 18th-ranked Griffon Softball team (22-6) on Sunday with the team splitting two games on its final day of the Hy-Vee Classic.

Missouri Western started the day with a 6-1 win over Wayne State (6-18) before dropping its afternoon game to Minnesota State (22-4), 8-1.

– Morgan Rathmann tripled against Wayne State and now needs just five more stolen bases to break the MIAA career record (31) and is just four from breaking her own MWSU season record of nine

– Missouri Western was out-hit by its opponents Sunday, 16 (.281) to 11 (.234), but Missouri Western pitchers carried a 2.50 ERA on the day compared to its opponents’ 3.23

– The Griffons were 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts Sunday, getting a single game record-tying, three from Rathmann against Wayne State

– Over the six-game Hy-Vee Classic, Missouri Western batted .318 with 40 runs, 50 hits, eight doubles, seven triples and six home runs

– Sydney Washington went 3-for-7 (.429), Sunday, with a team-high two RBIs

– Shelby Uhl batted .333 (2-6) on Sunday with a run scored

– Kenzie Hilzer picked up a complete game win against Wayne State, holding the Wildcats to one run on six hits

– Katie Klosterman and Shelbie Atwell paced the team offensively over the weekend, both batting .438 (7-16), and both hitting two home runs

– Atwell slugged .938 over the weekend, also adding two doubles, and had a team-high seven RBIs

– Paige Shifflett batted .400 on the weekend and raised her season average 32 points

– Hilzer went 3-0 on the weekend with three complete games and a 3.32 ERA

Missouri Western gets back into MIAA play with a rare Saturday-Sunday road trip to Northeastern State (15-14) on March 25 before visiting No. 9 Central Oklahoma (18-4) on March 26

— MWSU Athletics —