Fort Hays State saw its MIAA Softball Championships run come to an end in a 5-4 loss to Lindenwood in the second round of the consolation bracket on Friday .
FHSU (29-20) will now wait for the NCAA Division II Softball Selection Show, set for March 5 at 10 a.m. ET, to determine if it advances to postseason play. The eight teams selected will compete in the NCAA Regional, set for May 9-11.
Paxton Duran (17-9) started the game, tossing 4.1 innings with five strikeouts, but was tagged for five runs in the fifth. Kelsey Kimminau hrew the final 2.2 innings in shutout fashion, not allowing a hit with two strikeouts.
Offensively, Bianca Adame was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Kellsi Olsen was 1-for-3 with a double. The Tigers jumped ahead early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Danie Brinkmann RBI single. Adame led off the game with a single to right before stealing second during Courtney Dobsonat-bat. Dobson reached on an error on a fly ball to right field, pushing Adame to third, and Brinkmann took a 1-1 pitch through the left side to give FHSU a lead by plating Adame.
Fort Hays State pushed that lead to three in the second, starting with Olsen's one-out double down the left field line. Adame's bunt single pushed Olsen to third before Adame stole second. Later in the inning, with two down, Brinkmann reached on an error by LWU's Courtney Kitson, allowing Olsen and Adame to dash home.
A five-run fifth inning proved fatal for the Tigers, however, as LWU strung together four hits and took advantage of an FHSU error to take the lead, 5-3. In the seventh, Fort Hays State loaded the bases with no outs and looked for its second walk-off win of the tournament, but fell just short of the comeback victory.
Dobson led off the inning with a single to right, and after Brinkmann reached on an error by Kitson, Tori Beltz ripped a pinch hit single up the middle to load the bases. Later in the inning, Kylie Strand hit a sacrifice fly to right field deep enough to score Dobson, but that was it for the Tigers as LWU advanced to the consolation semifinals.