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Hillcats’ sluggers subdue Lopers

Hillcats’ sluggers subdue Lopers

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Schutte throws to first

UNK second baseman Kaylee Schutte throws to first base to get an out during the Lopers’ doubleheader Saturday against Rogers State. The Hillcats defeated the Lopers 17-1 and 10-1.

KEARNEY — Rogers State’s Andrea Morales recorded her 17th and 18th wins and the Hillcats hit four home runs to sweep a doubleheader from University of Nebraska at Kearney, 17-1 and 10-1, Saturday afternoon at Dryden Park.

Rogers State (26-13-1, 14-8 MIAA) showed why they recently were in the Top 25. Morales pushed her season mark to 18-5, allowing 11 hits in nine innings. She fanned nine and walked just one, pushing her season total to 169 strikeouts.

In Game 1 Rogers State recorded 16 hits and scored four in the first, five in the second and eight in the fifth. The Hillcats had six doubles and a two-run homer.

UNK sophomore catcher Katie Gosker belted her team-leading 10th home run in the second inning. She then went 2 for 2 in the second game.

Rogers used an eight-run second inning to break a 1-1 tie in the nightcap, hitting a pair of three-run homers.

UNK finishes the regular season next weekend with games at No. 16 Central Oklahoma and Newman.

Schmidt wins shot put at Drake Relay

DES MOINES, Iowa — University of Nebraska at Kearney redshirt junior Tiara Schmidt won the college shot put at the Drake Relays and the Lopers had several strong efforts at the Pittsburg State Tune-Up.

The Lopers were split up this weekend with a select group in Des Moines on Friday and Saturday for the Drake Relays with the rest of the squad in Kansas for the Pitt State meet.

Schmidt followed the lead of teammate Logan Prater, who won the discus on Friday to become what is believed to be the first Loper woman to win an event at Drake. Schmidt led a field of 13 in the shot with a toss of 46-8.

Also in Iowa, freshman Abby Everitt was fifth in the high jump (5-3), sophomore Alex Goracke fifth in the hammer (185-7) and junior Andrew Schuller sixth (182-7) in the hammer.

Redshirt freshman Ben Arens turned in the 10th-best time in school history in the steeplechase (9:10.290) to place third and senior Blake Schroeder placed eighth in the shot put (50-9 1/4).

At Pittsburg, redshirt freshman Micah Swedberg won the 400 (48.09) and ran the first leg of the 4x400 relay.

For the UNK women, Maddie Bach finished second in the 1,500 (4:40.96) and senior Destiny Reinke finished third in the steeplechase (11:32.14).

On Friday, UNK heads to the Alex Francis Classic at Hays, Kansas.

Loper tennis team routs Newman

WICHITA, Kan. — The University of Nebraska at Kearney women’s tennis team dominated doubles and rallied for two singles wins to down Newman, 6-1, Sunday evening at Wichita.

The victory wrapped up the regular season for the Lopers (6-12, 3-5 MIAA) who secured the sixth and final spot in the MIAA Tournament at Edmond, Oklahoma. UNK will face third-seed Northwest Missouri State at 9 a.m. Friday. The Bearcats (10-6, 6-2) edged the Lopers, 4-3, at Harmon Park earlier this month.

Facing the Jets (9-8, 2-6) for just the second time in program history, UNK grabbed a 1-0 lead by allowing just four points in doubles. UNK has 24 doubles wins this spring with each pair having at least seven victories.

In singles, Papillion senior Claire Neil rallied from a 9-8 deficit in the third set to best Mirella Cavalcanti (6-2, 2-6, 11-9) at No. 5 while freshman Jazmin Zamorano edged Isabela Campos (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) from the second spot in the order. Zamorano has a team-best nine singles wins and finished 6-2 in league play.

On Saturday, UNK defeated Emporia State 5-2. The win gives UNK its 10th win in the last 12 matches with the Hornets (7-8, 0-7).

The No. 1 doubles team of Neil and freshman Melisa Becerra won 7-5 after the twos and threes won by identical 6-3 scores.

Becerra, Neil and freshman Myrzaiym “Mia” Sherikulova wrapped up the win with singles victories.

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