WAYNE – With a busy road weekend ahead, the Wayne State College softball team welcomed in a conference opponent Thursday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Softball Complex, WSC entertained Winona State University.
Winona State won a pair of five inning games over Wayne State College by scores of 11-1 and 14-4. The Warriors improved to 27-11 (13-3 NSIC) while WSC fell to 11-30 (8-12 NSIC).
During the opening game, Winona State began their scoring surge with a five-run second inning. Following a scoreless third inning, the Warriors outscored Wayne State, 4-1 in the fourth and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to win 11-1. WSU outhit the Wildcats, 14-2 as WSC committed four errors.
Both hits by Wayne State went extra bases as Paiton Tornberg doubled and drove in a run while Kim Vidlak doubled and scored.
Hadley Chvatal (2-15) suffered the loss in four innings allowing nine runs (five earned) off 12 hits while striking out two batters and walking one. Grace Lucka worked an inning allowing two earned runs off two hits while striking out two batters and walking one.
In the second game, Wayne State produced two early runs in the first inning and scored twice more in the third to lead 4-0. Winona State then pulled within a run thanks to a three-run fourth and closed out the game with 11 runs in the fifth. Final favored Winona State, 14-4 as the Warriors outhit Wayne State, 16-7 and the Wildcats committed the lone error.
Riley Holmberg singled, tripled, drove in a run and scored twice while Madison Gomez doubled and drove in two runs for WSC. Kortney Buresh singled and scored; Kim Vidlak singled, drove in a run and scored as Jenna Etmans and Paiton Tornberg both singled.
Sami Felt (5-8) suffered the loss in four and two thirds allowing nine earned runs off 11 hits while striking out and walking two batters each. Grace Lucka worked a third of an inning allowing five earned runs off five hits while walking one batter.
The Wildcats scheduled road games at Bemidji State on Saturday have been moved to Wayne because of weather and will now be played on Sunday, staring at 12 p.m. at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex. Wayne State will also then take on Minnesota Crookston at 12 p.m. on Monday from Wayne.