WSC Softball Splits At Washburn
Posted: 15 March, 2013
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Wayne State College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Washburn University Thursday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas as the host Lady Blue scored four runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 5-3 win in the opener while WSC came back in the second game to post a 13-5 win. WSC is now 8-4 on the season while Washburn sports a 4-10 mark.
The Wildcats held a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning until the host Lady Blues rallied with one run in the sixth and four in the bottom of the seventh to shock Wayne State in the opener.
WSC took a 1-0 lead in the third when Jordan King reached on a Lady Blues error and later scored on a Kaiti Williams single to centerfield. The ‘Cats scored two more runs in the sixth inning, taking advantage of two walks, a Washburn error and a wild pitch while mustering two hits to take a 3-0 lead. Sam O’Brien and Vicki Nielsen each singled during the inning as O’Brien scored on a wild pitch while Lexie Loos, who walked to reach base, scored on a Lady Blue throwing error for the second run.
But Washburn scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning and produced four runs in the bottom of the seventh using a three-run, walk off homer from third baseman Alex Zordel with two outs to cap the late comeback for the 5-3 win.
Washburn had 10 hits in the game compared to six by the Wildcats. All WSC hits were singles with Vicki Nielsen going 2 for 4. Kaiti Williams, Lexie Loos, Megan Hagemann and Sam O’Brien also had hits for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Sara Scheffert was charged with the pitching loss, falling to 4-3 on the season. She allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The second game saw the Wildcats pound out 13 hits to pick up a 13-5 win over the Lady Blue and earn a split of the non-conference doubleheader.
WSC scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings while erupting for five runs in the second. Kaiti Williams had an RBI single in the first that scored Kelcie Bormann. The five-run second inning was highlighted by Simpson’s two-run single and an RBI single from Vicki Nielsen. Jordan King’s RBI single scored Lexie Loos in the third while Williams doubled in the fourth and later scored on a wild pitch to give WSC an 8-3 lead.
Washburn scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within 8-5. The score stayed that way until the top of the seventh inning when the Wildcats scored five insurance runs to pick up the 13-5 win. WSC had just three hits in the inning, but took advantage of five Washburn walks and a wild pitch to help score five runs. O’Brien had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single while Simpson and Nielsen contributed hits in the inning.
Williams led a balanced 13-hit attack for the Wildcats, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored including a double for Wayne State’s lone extra base hit. Simpson finished 2 for 3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored while O’Brien ended 2 for 4 with two RBI’s. Loos and Hagemann each had one hit and scored two runs in the Wildcat win.
Kelcie Bormann (2-1) recorded the pitching win for WSC, working four innings plus three batters in the fifth inning. She was charged with five runs on eight hits and had three strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Sarah Macias pitched the final three innings and gave up just one hit while walking one and striking out one batter to earn the save.
Wayne State is scheduled to host Northern State in a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex weather permitting.