ROCHESTER, MN – After qualifying for the NSIC Tournament for the first time since the 2016 season, the Wayne State College softball team began day one of postseason competition.
From Rochester, Minnesota, #10 Wayne State (12-18 NSIC) battled against #7 Upper Iowa (14-15 NSIC) for the third time this season (teams splitting a doubleheader in Wayne on April 6).
Upper Iowa picked up the 3-2 victory Thursday morning to defeat Wayne State College and improve to 24-26 overall while WSC fell to 15-37.
Following two scoreless innings early, Upper Iowa opened scoring with a two-run third. After two more scoreless innings, the Peacocks added to their lead with a run in the sixth to lead 3-0. Wayne State could only bring two runs across the plate in the seventh for a final of 3-2 in favor of Upper Iowa. Both teams finished with seven hits and each committed one error.
Kim Vidlak singled and drove in two runs while Kortney Buresh and Emily Hale both singled and scored for WSC. Other singles came from Riley Holmberg, Jenna Etmans, Alle Perea and Paiton Tornberg.
Hadley Chvatal (2-18) suffered the loss in four innings allowing two earned runs off five hits while striking out one batter, walking two and hitting one. Sami Felt worked two innings allowing an earned runs off two hits while walking one batter.
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#10 Wayne State College will next face an elimination game Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. against #5 Minnesota Duluth. UMD suffered a 1-0 loss to #4 St. Cloud State earlier in the afternoon. Wayne State recently ended their regular season on Monday, May 2 with Minnesota Duluth coming to town. The Bulldogs won 4-3 and 8-4 over WSC earlier this week.