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CMU sweeps Lady Vikings out of playoffs

Monday, May 2, 2011

Despite three hits by sophomore Esperanza Rothwell at the top of the order, the Lady Vikings were unable to push a run across against Central Methodist during a playoff sweep.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
FAYETTE -- Heart of America Conference regular season softball champion Central Methodist didn't allow Missouri Valley to score Friday.

The Lady Eagles won both games in the first round of the HAAC Championship Series, 8-0 and 6-0, to advance to the double-elimination tournament, which begins Friday at Fayette.

Methodist got on the scoreboard in the opener with junior Rebecca Lipsey's double in the bottom of the second inning and tallied three runs in the third. Senior Stephanie Sullivant stroked a two-run single and scored on senior Danielle Taylor's double.

The Lady Eagles added three more runs in the fourth, the first scoring on a triple by sophomore Erika Reinagel, who ran home on a wild pitch. Sullivant singled and later came in on a passed ball.

The game ended in the bottom of the sixth on the "eight-run rule." Singles by sophomore Jordyn Tolliver and Sullivant, an error and passed ball produced the lone run.

Freshman Aubrey Utley yielded seven hits, but didn't issue a walk and stranded eight runners for her league-high 22nd win of the season.

The Lady Vikings were the nominal home team in the second game, but had even less success facing Taylor -- who allowed only five hits and one walk while picking up her 10th victory.

The Lady Eagles got a run in the first inning on Tolliver's two-out single and extended their lead with three tallies in the third. Sullivant drove in the first one with a single and junior Kayla Yount stroked a two-run double.

Tolliver doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Methodist (39-13) and came in on a grounder after leading off the seventh with a single.

Sophomore Esperanza Rothwell had two hits for Valley (12-25) in the opener and sophomore Jennifer Palmatory stroked a pair of singles in the nightcap.

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