WAYNE – Following a 3-1 showing at the Minot Air Dome against a pair of North Dakota conference teams over the weekend, the Wayne State College softball team was back at home Wednesday afternoon.
From the Pete Chapman Softball Complex, it was also the host of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during Fill The Hill.
In the opening game with Sioux Falls, the Cougars struck first with single runs in the each of the first and second innings. But, WSC countered with a five-run second inning to lead 5-2. Sioux Falls then brought in two runs during the fourth and another run in the fifth to tie the game, 5-5. USF outscored the ‘Cats in the sixth, 2-1 and brought in two more runs during the seventh to win 9-6.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 1 0 2 1 2 2 9 13 0 – USF
0 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 6 1 – WSC
Junior Emily Chandler picked up a grand slam for her lone hit of the game while senior Jordyn Breitbarth recorded a solo homer. Senior Katelyn Wobken singled twice while senior Rachel Shumaker and freshman Annie Grammer each singled. Junior Baylee Rial accounted for a RBI.
Junior Riley Vanderveen suffered the loss (5-10) in two innings allowing three earned runs off of four hits. Freshman Maddie Moser worked four and two-thirds allowing six earned runs off of nine hits while striking out two batters and walking seven.
From the second contest, USF took the second inning with a 4-3 lead before WSC answered with two runs in the third and fourth innings while scoring three more in the fifth. Up 10-4, the ‘Cats only allowed three more runs in the sixth to hold on for the 10-7 win. In the split WSC is now 11-22 (5-9 NSIC) while the Cougars are 24-11 (9-3 NSIC).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 10 3 – USF
0 3 2 2 3 0 X 10 9 2 – WSC
Wobken paced WSC at the plate with a three-run homer and single while freshman Ashley Hernandez and Rial both recorded a single, double and two RBI. Shumaker also tacked on two singles as Breitbarth singled.
Vanderveen picked up the win (6-10) in four and a third innings allowing three runs off of three hits while striking out three batters and walking one. Sophomore Allison Niemeier worked an inning and two-thirds allowing four runs off of six hits and walking one batter as Moser picked up her first career save pitching an inning allowing one hit and walking a batter.
The Wayne State College softball team will next host a pair of NSIC double headers this weekend pending weather. WSC is scheduled to face Northern State on Saturday, April 14 at 1/3 p.m. and host MSU Moorhead on Sunday, April 15 at Noon and 2 p.m.