WAYNE – Over the next week, the Wayne State College softball team will play eight consecutive home games which began Wednesday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Softball Complex, WSC welcomed in Upper Iowa during their home-opener.
Upper Iowa won the first game, 8-5 before Wayne State College took the second game, 7-6. With the split, WSC is now 5-24 (2-6 NSIC) while the Peacocks sit 11-14 (2-3 NSIC).
In the opening game, Upper Iowa led 3-1 after the first inning before Wayne State College scored once in the fourth and outscored the Peacocks, 3-1 in the fifth to lead 5-4. Upper Iowa then posted a four-run seventh inning to win 8-5. The Peacocks outhit WSC, 7-6 as both teams committed three errors.
Lauren Laudick singled and drove in two runs while Alle Perea singled and drove in a run. Mary Krystofiak singled and scored twice, Kortney Buresh singled and scored once, Riley Holmberg and Madison Gomez both singled as Kim Vidlak and Paiton Tornberg both scored.
Grace Lucka (0-3) suffered the loss in two innings allowing four runs (three earned) off three hits while striking out two batters and walking three. Callie Carraher worked five innings allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits while striking out four batters, walking four and hitting one.
During the second outing, WSC led early with a run in the first before Upper Iowa took the lead thanks to a two-run second inning. Following three scoreless innings, Wayne State posted a six-run sixth inning as the Peacocks were only able to score one more run in the top of the seventh. Final favored the Wildcats, 7-3 who also outhit Upper Iowa, 10-6 and committed two errors compared to three from the Peacocks.
Kortney Buresh singled three times, drove in two runs and scored twice while Kim Vidlak singled twice and drove in two runs. Jenna Etmans singled and doubled; Riley Holmberg singled, drove in a run and scored; Madison Gomez singled and scored; Lauren Laudick singled; Mary Krystofiak accounted for a RBI as Abby Husing, Emily Hale and Hayley Murphy all scored.
Sami Felt (2-5) picked up the complete game victory in seven innings allowing three runs (one earned) off six hits while striking out one batter, walking three and hitting one.
The Wayne State College softball team will next host Minot State on Saturday, April 9 and University of Mary on Sunday, April 10 at noon and 2 p.m. both days.