Hannibal, Mo. – The Hannibal-LaGrange Softball Team (17-19) won the first game against Freed-Hardeman University (17-8) 1-0 and then fell in the second game 0-7. Freed-Hardeman is receiving votes to be ranked within the top 25 in the NAIA and are currently third in conference. HGLU currently stands in the eighth spot but hopes to make a move up the conference standings with three series remaining in the season.
In game one, the Trojans pushed across one run in the first inning when McKenzie Marshall (SO/Edwardsville, Ill.) led off the game with a single then advanced to second base on a passed ball. Haley Zeier (SR/Edwardsville, Ill.) then came to the plate and hit a single to right field to score Marshall. From that point forward starter Madison Ingram (FR/Bowling Green, Mo.) was in charge. She threw a complete game shutout while striking out three. Marshall went 2 for 2 in the game while the Trojans were only able to come up with five hits.
The second inning of game two looked to be going smooth for HLGU. But with two outs FHU got hot at the plate and hit became contagious for the Lions, by the end of the inning the Trojans were down by five. The ladies again had five hits in the game with Marshall going 2 for 4. HLGU stranded seven on the bases while committing three errors.
The Trojans will be hosting Harris-Stowe State University on Tuesday, April 18 starting at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, the softball team will be celebrating their Strike-Out Cancer event (Pink Day) which was previously scheduled for last week. The ladies will then travel to Columbia on Thursday, April 20 to play against Stephens College beginning at 2 p.m.