MARSHALL, MN – With six road conference games remaining on the schedule entering Wednesday, the Wayne State College softball team looked to continue their hot streak late in the season.
From Mustang Field in Marshall, Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State played host to WSC.
In the opening contest, Southwest Minnesota State opened scoring with a run in the bottom of the first. WSC answered with a run in the second before SMSU poured in six runs during the fifth inning to hold on for the 7-1 win.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 – WSC
1 0 0 0 6 0 X 7 10 0 – SMSU
Senior Rachel Shumaker paced WSC at the plate with a single and triple while fellow senior Katelyn Wobken added a triple. Junior Abbie Hix singled and drove in the lone run while junior Morgan Vasa tacked on a pair of singles. Junior Taylor Menard and senior Jordyn Breitbarth also singled.
Freshman Maddie Moser suffered the loss (5-10) in four innings allowing seven runs (six earned) off of six hits while striking out and walking one batter each. Sophomore Allison Niemeier worked an inning allowing one hit while walking and striking out one batter each as junior Alyx Hagen pitched an inning allowing three hits.
From the second game, both teams tallied a run in the first inning before Southwest Minnesota State scored a run in the second inning to lead 2-1. Again, both teams scored one run in the fifth as SMSU held on for the 3-2 victory. With the sweep, the Mustangs improved to 13-22 (8-12 NSIC) while WSC fell to 15-25 (9-12 NSIC).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0 – WSC
1 1 0 0 1 0 X 3 9 1 – SMSU
Junior Emily Chandler led the ‘Cats with a pair of singles and two RBI as Wobken singled and doubled. Vasa accounted for two more singles while Menard and Breitbarth each singled.
Junior Riley Vanderveen suffered the loss (7-12) in five innings allowing three earned runs off of eight hits while striking out four batters. Moser worked an inning allowing one hit.
The Wayne State College softball team will have their season come to a close with a pair of double header conference games this weekend. WSC will visit Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, April 28 and play at St. Cloud State on Sunday, April 29. Game times are scheduled for 1/3 p.m. each day.