From staff reports
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. —
Maddie Holub, for all intents and purposes, single-handedly sent the Pittsburg State Gorillas into the losers’ bracket of the MIAA Softball Postseason Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Holub, a Fort Hays State senior, threw a five-inning no-hitter while going 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI at the plate in the Tigers’ 8-0 run-rule win over the Gorillas at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex.
It was the fifth no-hitter of the season for Holub, who improved to 25-1 on the year and recorded her 300th strikeout of the season in the first inning. It’s the second straight season she has reached 300 strikeouts.
Holub finished with five strikeouts while walking four.
Pitt State (28-21) will now face Truman State — a 5-3 loser to Missouri Western — today at 11 a.m. on Field 23 of the complex. The loser will be eliminated while the winner will play again at 1 p.m.
Fort Hays State (42-9) plays Missouri Western at 11.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Amanda Vaupel’s single that plated Holub and Courtney Dobson.
Fort Hays State then added single runs in the second and third before making it 7-0 with a three-run fourth inning. The Tigers ended the game in the fifth on Bianca Adame’s popup to shortstop that allowed Jenna Lang to score.
Kyndel Shelburn was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs — three earned — in three innings. She struck out two and gave up six hits.