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Demi Meza had three hits for the Hatters on Saturday.
by: David S. Williams
Softball Swept at Kennesaw State on Saturday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  04/12/2014
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Kennesaw, Ga. -- One the nation's highest scoring offenses is experiencing a dry spell.

The Stetson softball team dropped both ends of an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at Kennesaw State on Saturday, falling 3-0 and 4-0 at Bailey Park.

It was frustrating day offensively as the Hatters (28-8, 12-4 A-Sun) went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 15 runners on base.

The Owls (22-21, 11-9) got complete game efforts from Amanda Henderson in game one and from Paige Matthews in game two.

"I thought both pitchers we faced did an exceptional job," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "Both of them bore down and made pitches when they needed to. As far as our players were concerned, I felt like we were a little flat."

In game one, the Hatters loaded the bases in the second, third, and sixth innings but failed to score each time. The Hatters left 13 runners on base in the game, including eight in scoring position.

"Of course it's frustrating, but sometimes you just have those days," Griffin said. "Like Meredith (Owen), for example, hit two rockets but right at someone. That's the breaks. That's why you play the game. You have to give Kennesaw State credit. They scored the runs, and they shut us out."

Demi Meza had three of the Hatters eight hits on the day, all of which were singles.

"I thought we were trying to hit the ball too hard," Griffin said.  "It's difficult to do that against good pitchers. You have to focus more on making good contact and just getting base hits. I saw too many big swings when the ball wasn't there for the big swing."

The teams will wrap up the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Notes: Coupled with Wednesday's 1-0 shutout vs. UCF, the Hatters have gone 21 innings without a run or an extra base hit ... The Hatters entered the doubleheader on a nine-game conference winning streak, but lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

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