DULUTH, MN – The Wayne State College softball team took to the road Friday late afternoon to open a four-game weekend with two different opponents.
From Malosky Stadium in Duluth, Minnesota, WSC visited University of Minnesota Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth posted a late comeback in game one, 5-4 before WSC was shutout for the fourth time this year (6-0). The Bulldogs improved to 14-4 (4-0 NSIC) while Wayne State College dropped their fifth straight falling to 3-13 (0-4 NSIC) as the ‘Cats are now 1-7 in games decided by one-run.
In game one, UMD scored single runs in the first and second innings before WSC posted a two-run third and single runs of their own in the fourth and fifth to lead 4-2. Minnesota Duluth then tied the game up in the sixth before recording a walk-off triple that drove in the winning run in the home half of the seventh.
Kamryn Sparks paced the Wildcats at the plate with a pair of singles, a double and two RBI while Riley Holmberg added two singles and a run scored.
Emily Hale singled, drove in a run and scored as Kortney Buresh, Ashley Hernandez and Jenna Etmans all singled. Paiton Tornberg accounted for a RBI while Kim Vidlak and Madison Gomez both scored.
Maddie Moser (0-2) suffered the loss in four innings allowing three earned runs off seven hits while striking out two batters, walking two batters and hitting one. Sloan Cooksey worked two innings allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out two batters and walking three. Five of the 10 hits allowed by WSC were extra base hits.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 9 0 – WSC
1 1 0 0 0 2 1 5 10 1 – UMD
From the second game, Minnesota Duluth did their damage early with three runs each in the first and second innings. Neither team scored the rest of the game with the final favoring UMD, 6-0.
Hernandez and Etmans both singled twice to pace WSC at the plate. Holmberg and Sparks each produced a single as well.
Cooksey (0-7) suffered the complete game loss in six innings allowing six earned runs off seven hits while striking out three batters, walking four and hitting one. After giving up six hits in the opening two innings, Cooksey only allowed one hit the rest of the game.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 – WSC
3 3 0 0 0 0 X 6 7 1 – UMD
The Wayne State College softball team will next visit St. Cloud State on Saturday, April 3 at noon and 2 p.m.