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Midway softball sweeps doubleheader from West Virginia Tech

MIDWAY UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN ALYSSA YATES picked up her fifth win of the season last week in a 6-1 victory over West Virginia Tech. Yates tossed a complete game allowing an unearned run on eight hits in seven innings with four strikeouts. (Midway Athletics Photo)

After inclement weather had postponed its last 10 games, the Midway University softball team was finally able to return to the diamond on Friday, April 6, hosting West Virginia Tech at William G. Clark Memorial Field.

The Lady Eagles got a pair of strong pitching performances, while their offense got timely hits with runners in scoring position. Midway (11-12, 4-2 RSC) won the first game 6-1 before winning 8-0 in a run-rule in game two.

After each team had plated a run in the first four innings, the Eagles broke it open in the fifth inning when they plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth en route to the 6-1 victory.

Marissa Walker didn’t collect any RBI, but was on base three times with three singles and scored two runs. Dee Lewis cleared the loaded bases in the fifth frame when she hit a double to deep left-center field. Kelsey Gravens tallied the other RBI for the Eagles on a single.

Gravens also scored a run in the win, while Carly Benz, Lynsie Clark and Kendall Horn each tallied one RBI apiece in the victory.

Pitching a gem in the circle was freshman, Alyssa Yates. She tossed a complete game allowing one unearned run on eight hits. She also fanned four, while allowing one free pass.

In the second game, Midway’s offense scored in four of the six innings, while Mallory Kruzich kept the Golden Bears (8-24, 2-6 RSC) off the scoreboard. The Eagles scored three in the first, two in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth en route to the 8-0 victory in six innings.

Kruzich, a freshman from Bellingham, Washington, turned in her best outing of the season. She tossed a complete game without allowing a run on five hits in six innings.

Kelsey Gravens had a big game at the plate going three for three with two RBI and two runs scored in the win. Marissa Walker was on base two more times and scored two more runs. Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman, Lynsie Clark and Kruzich all had one RBI apiece.

Carly Benz didn’t have a hit, but was on base twice and scored two runs, while Dee Lewis and Kendall Horn both scored one run.

Midway will return to action this weekend when they travel to Pittsburgh for four games. They take on Carlow University on Friday, April 13, before they play Point Park University onSaturday, April 14.

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