WAYNE – Following a Friday split, the Wayne State College softball team welcomed in another NSIC opponent that was previously scheduled to be played on the road over the weekend.
From the Pete Chapman Softball Complex, WSC competed as the visiting team against Northern State on Saturday. Due to cold weather in the Aberdeen, South Dakota area the games were moved south.
The Wildcat softball team secured a 6-5 victory during game one and took control of the final game winning 17-6 in five innings. With the sweep, WSC improved to 11-28 (8-10 NSIC) while Northern State fell to 10-28 (2-14 NSIC).
In the opening game, Northern State led 4-2 after the first inning. Following a scoreless second, WSC cut into the deficit with a run in the third before Northern State answered with a run in the fifth to lead 5-3. Wayne State then posted a three-run seventh to win 6-5. WSC outhit NSU, 10-7 as both teams committed two errors.
Jenna Etmans recorded the go-ahead three-run homerun while Riley Holmberg singled three times and scored three runs for WSC. Kim Vidlak doubled twice, drove in a run and scored; Madison Gomez doubled; Paiton Tornberg singled twice as Kortney Buresh singled and scored.
Callie Carraher (3-3) picked up the victory in six innings allowing five earned runs off seven hits while striking out seven batters, walking one and hitting two. Sami Felt earned her second save of the season in the final inning forcing two groundouts and one flyout against three batters.
During the final game of the weekend, Wayne State jumped ahead early thanks to a 5-3 opening inning and three-run second inning to lead 8-3. Both teams scored three runs in the third before WSC posted a six-run fourth to win 17-6 in five innings. The Wildcats outhit NSU, 15-10 as the Wolves committed three errors compared to two from WSC.
Jenna Etmans finished with another three-run homerun to go along with two singles, five total RBI and three runs scored while Paiton Tornberg doubled twice, drove in four runs and scored twice for WSC.
Kortney Buresh singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice; Riley Holmberg singled twice, drove in a run and scored three times; Kim Vidlak singled twice, drove in two runs and scored three times; Lauren Laudick singled twice, drove in a run and scored; Madison Gomez singled, drove in two runs and scored; Mary Krystofiak singled, drove in a run and scored as Michaela Smith scored.
Sami Felt (5-7) picked up the complete game victory in five innings allowing six earned runs off 10 hits while striking out two batters.
The Wayne State College softball team will next host Winona State on Wednesday, April 20 at 1/3 p.m. from the Pete Chapman Softball Complex.