WAYNE – Wildcat softball capped off their NSIC regular season on Monday ahead of the league tournament later this week.
From the Pete Chapman Softball complex, Wayne State College welcomed in Minnesota Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth won game one, 4-3 and posted four runs in back-to-back innings to win the second contest, 8-4. With the sweep, UMD improved to 37-14 (22-8 NSIC) while the Wildcats fell to 15-36 (12-18 NSIC).
In the opening game, Minnesota Duluth took the early 1-0 lead after the first inning and then scored twice more in the third inning. Down 3-0, Wayne State College posted a three-run sixth inning to tie the game up at 3-3. UMD then regained the lead with a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Final favored Minnesota Duluth, 4-3 as the Bulldogs outhit WSC, 11-5 and both teams committed an error.
Kim Vidlak doubled, drove in a run and scored while Madison Gomez doubled for WSC. Jenna Etmans singled and drove in two runs, Riley Holmberg singled and scored, Alle Perea singled as Kortney Buresh scored.
Hadley Chvatal (2-17) suffered the complete game loss in seven innings allowing four runs (three earned) off 11 hits while striking out four batters, walking two and hitting two.
During the final game, WSC jumped ahead 2-0 thanks to single runs in the first and second innings. Minnesota Duluth then recorded a four-run third and out scored Wayne State, 4-1 in the fourth to lead 8-3. The Wildcats added one more run in the sixth but fell 8-4. UMD outhit WSC, 10-9 and committed two errors.
Kim Vidlak posted a solo homerun while Jenna Etmans singled, doubled and drove in a run for WSC. Kortney Buresh singled twice and scored twice, Riley Holmberg singled twice and drove in a run, Madison Gomez singled and drove in a run, Emily Hale singled and Paiton Tornberg scored.
Sami Felt (8-10) suffered the loss in four innings allowing eight earned runs off seven hits while striking out one batter, walking three and hitting one. Grace Lucka worked three scoreless innings allowing three hits while striking out four batters and walking two.
The Wayne State College softball team finished their league schedule at 10th in the NSIC and qualified for the NSIC Tournament. The 10-team, double elimination tournament will be held from Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7 at the RYFSA Complex in Rochester, Minnesota.
#10 WSC will open with #7 Upper Iowa at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Wildcats split home games with the Peacocks on April 6 dropping game one, 8-5 but winning the second contest, 7-3 in Wayne.