WAYNE – With rain being predicted in the mid-week forecast in northeast Nebraska, the Wayne State College softball team took part in a home doubleheader one day earlier.
From the WSC Pete Chapman Softball Complex, Wayne State College welcomed in the University of Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon.
USF took game one, 8-6 and secured the road sweep thanks to a 5-2 victory closing out the afternoon. Sioux Falls improves to 11-11 (5-3 NSIC) while WSC has now dropped nine straight and sit 3-17 (0-8 NSIC).
During the opening game, WSC struck first with a run in the home half of the third before USF outscored the ‘Cats 4-2 in the third to lead 4-3. Wayne State College regained the led in the fifth with three runs but it was the Cougars answering with a four-run sixth inning to hold on for the 8-6 road victory.
Kortney Buresh finished with a four-hit performance to go along with a RBI and run scored while Riley Holmberg singled twice, drove in two runs and scored once for WSC.
Kamryn Sparks singled twice and scored twice; Michaela Smith singled and drove in two runs; Jenna Etmans singled and scored; Paiton Tornberg singled and drove in a run as Kim Vidlak scored.
Maddie Moser suffered the loss (0-4) in two innings allowing four runs off three hits while walking two batters and hitting one. Sloan Cooksey worked five innings allowing four runs off four hits while striking out and walking four batters each.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 0 4 0 4 0 8 7 2 – USF
0 0 1 2 3 0 0 6 11 2 – WSC
From the second game, the Cougars struck first with a three-run opening inning and single runs in the second and fourth innings. WSC brought in two runs during the home half of the fourth to trail 5-2 as neither scored the remainder of the game for the final of 5-2.
Ashley Hernandez recorded a two-run homerun while Holmberg doubled for WSC. Vidlak singled and scored as Sparks and Etmans both singled.
Callie Carraher (0-2) suffered the loss in an inning allowing four earned runs off two hits while striking out one batter, walking three and hitting one. Moser worked three innings allowing an earned run off three hits while striking out and hitting one batter each as Cooksey pitched three innings of scoreless ball striking out two batters and walking three.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
3 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 – USF
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 2 – WSC
The Wayne State College softball team will next host Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, April 10 and Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday, April 11 at noon and 2 p.m. both days.