Hastings - The Hastings College softball team had a tough time getting the bats going in game one against Briar Cliff losing 3-0 before run ruling the Chargers in the second game 14-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Softball Complex.
After being shutout for only the second time this season in game one, Hastings wasted little time in game two in scoring runs and making sure HC would get split to open Great Plains Athletic Conference play.
With runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the 1st, Lexie Linderman (FR/Omaha, NE) blooped a singled into shallow right field plating Cara Williams (SR/Omaha, NE) for the 1-0 lead.
After Makana Kekaulike (JR/Waipahu, HI) singled to load the bases, Kaitlynn Knott (SO/Flagstaff, AZ) singled to right to bring home Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) making it 2-0.
Ashlynn Clifford (FR/Corona, CA) then drew a walk forcing home Linderman to make it 3-0. Mikaelah Molifua (SR/Lincoln, NE) hit a sacrifice fly to left bringing home Kekaulike pushing the lead to 4-0.
After adding another run on a double steal and an error, Williams ripped a triple to the right field fence plating Clifford and Alyssa Carter (FR/Corona, CA) as Hastings had blown the game wide open leading 7-0.
Hastings would make quick work of the Chargers in game two winning 14-2 in five innings.
Kekaulike and Knott finished game two with two hits a piece while Williams, Linderman, Molifua and Carter each had two RBIs in game two.
Linderman also pitched a complete game giving up two runs on six hits.
Hastings is now 12-12 (1-1) on the year and will be back in action Sunday Mar. 19 as Kansas Wesleyan comes to town for a doubleheader with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m. at the Smith Softball Complex.