WAYNE – Being listed as the visiting team, the Wayne State College softball team welcomed in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent due to cold conditions further north.
From the Pete Chapman Softball Complex, MSU Moorhead played as the home team against Wayne State College.
Wayne State was all over MSU Moorhead in game one, 11-2 in five innings before the Dragons were able to utilize a go-ahead run and won as the designated home team, 6-5. With the split, WSC is now 9-28 (6-10 NSIC) while MSU Moorhead sits 6-24 (3-11).
During game one, Wayne State scored early and often with two runs in the first inning and outscored MSU Moorhead, 2-1 in the second inning to lead 4-1. Both teams scored a run in the third, the Wildcats posted a five-run fourth inning and scored once more in the fifth to win 11-2. WSC outhit MSU Moorhead, 12-4 and committed three errors compared to two from the Dragons.
Kim Vidlak singled three times, drove in two runs and scored three times; Kortney Buresh singled twice, drove in a run and scored once as Riley Holmberg singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice for WSC.
Jenna Etmans singled, drove in three runs and scored once; Mary Krystofiak singled, drove in a run and scored; Madison Gomez singled and drove in a run; Kamryn Sparks singled and scored; Paiton Tornberg singled as Lauren Laudick scored twice.
Callie Carraher (2-3) picked up the complete game victory in five innings allowing two runs off four hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.
In the second outing, MSU Moorhead scored two runs in the first before both teams scored once in the second. Down 3-1, Wayne State College outscored the Dragons, 3-1 in the fourth to tie the game up at 4-4. After both teams scored a run in the fifth, MSU Moorhead scored the go-ahead run in the sixth to win 6-5. The Dragons outhit WSC, 13-8 and committed two errors compared to none from WSC.
Madison Gomez singled, doubled, tripled and scored twice while Kim Vidlak tripled and scored for WSC. Jenna Etmans and Mary Krystofiak both singled, drove in a run and scored once; Kamryn Sparks singled and drove in a run; Lauren Laudick singled as Paiton Tornberg accounted for a RBI.
Grace Lucka (1-4) suffered the loss in five innings allowing four earned runs off nine hits while striking out four batters and walking one. Sami Felt worked an inning allowing two earned runs off four hits.
The Wayne State College softball team will next be the visiting team but host Northern State on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. due to cold conditions in Aberdeen, South Dakota.