EDMOND, Okla. -- Fort Hays State split a road conference doubleheader with Central Oklahoma. The Tigers won the first game 4-1 in a late innings comeback before dropping Game 2 9-1 in six innings.
FHSU (18-11, 8-4 MIAA) snapped UCO's 35-game home win streak with the Game 1 victory, and is tied with Northeastern State for fourth in the conference standings. UCO (22-8, 11-1 MIAA) moved to second in the standings with the split.
Fort Hays State scored four late inning runs to secure a comeback victory over Central Oklahoma in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Paxton Duran (10-5) followed up a no-hitter in her last time out with a complete game performance (her third in the past four games), striking out four and scattering three hits.
Offensively, Courtney Dobson was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Rilee Krier was 2-for-3 and Kylie Strand finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run.
UCO took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, as Brooke Zukerman homered to center field, but the lead was short lived as FHSU answered in the sixth.
In the sixth, Krier and Dobson started the inning with back-to-back singles, but havoc ensued when Amanda Vaupel grounded to third base, as Krier was out at third with UCO shortstop Hannah Justus covered, but when trying to complete the double play, Justus overthrew first base, allowing Dobson to wheel around to score and Vaupel to reach third, tying the game. In the next at-bat, Danie Brinkmann's sacrifice fly to right field scored Vaupel to give FHSU a 2-1 advantage.
FHSU added insurance runs in the seventh, starting with Strand's leadoff single up the middle before taking second on Tori Beltz's sacrifice bunt. With one down, Kellsi Olsen walked to put runners on first and second. Later in the inning, Krier's bunt single loaded the bases with two outs for Dobson, who singled through the left side to plate Strand and Olsen, putting the Tigers ahead three.