CLERMONT, FL – The Wayne State College Wildcat softball team closed out their National Training Center Spring Games trip with a pair of games Thursday morning.
From Legends Way field, WSC took on Mercyhurst (PA) and Findlay (OH) with their seventh and eighth games of the five-day trip.
In the opening game Thursday morning, Mercyhurst took a 2-1 lead after the opening inning. WSC then tied the game with a run in the second inning. Following a pair of scoreless innings, Mercyhurst posted a seven-run fifth inning followed by a three-run sixth inning to win 12-2.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
2 0 0 0 7 3 12 11 2 – Mercyhurst
1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 – WSC
Wayne State College was held to just three hits. Senior Katelyn Wobken led WSC at the plate with a triple and RBI. Junior Morgan Vasa and junior Alyx Hagen each singled while Hagen also drove in a run.
Junior Riley Vanderveen suffered the loss (1-4) in four and a third innings allowing eight runs (five earned) off of eight hits while striking out one batter and walking one. Sophomore Allison Niemeier worked two-thirds of an inning allowing one run off of one hit while striking out one batter as Hagen pitched an inning allowing three runs (two earned) off of two hits while striking out one batter and walking another two.
Moving into the final game on the east coast, the game started with two scoreless innings. WSC then struck first with three runs in the third inning followed by a 2-1 fourth inning in favor of Findlay (OH) to cut the lead in half at 4-2. Findlay tied the game back up with a two-run sixth inning and after a scoreless seventh inning, extra innings were forced. Wayne State College outscored Findlay 4-2 in the eighth inning to win 8-6. WSC is now 5-8 on the season.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 8 13 3 – WSC
0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 6 6 5 – Findlay
Junior Emily Chandler went off for the ‘Cats with four hits, two being doubles. Freshman Ashley Hernandez tallied a pair of doubles and two RBI while junior Baylee Rial added another two singles and a RBI. Junior Abbie Hix and senior Rachel Shumaker both singled and drove in a run.
Vanderveen picked up the win (2-4) in an inning and a third allowing two runs. Freshman Maddie Moser worked six and two-thirds allowing four runs (two earned) off of six hits while striking out seven batters and walking another five.
The Wayne State College softball team will get the weekend off before heading back south to Kirksville, Missouri. The ‘Cats will visit Truman State at Noon and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.