Wildcat Bats Are Factor In Softball Wins
Posted: 04 April, 2013
WAYNE - The Wayne State College softball team pounded out 26 hits Wednesday afternoon while recording a 13-5 and 7-3 Northern Sun Conference sweep over Upper Iowa in the home opener for the Wildcats played at the WSC Softball Complex. WSC improves to 16-6 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC with the sweep while the visiting Peacocks drop to 14-10 and 1-3 in league play.
The first game saw WSC get off to a slow start, trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the third inning. But the Wildcats erupted for six runs, highlighted by a grand slam homer from junior Vicki Nielsen, that gave WSC the lead for good at 6-4.
After Upper Iowa scored in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 6-5, the Wildcats put the game away with a six-run fifth thanks to six hits in the inning. Sam O’Brien belted a two-run homer to right center field while Kylee Simpson added a two-run single for big hits in the inning for WSC. The ‘Cats scored again in the sixth inning to end the game on the eight-run rule resulting in a 13-5 win.
WSC had 14 hits in the game compared to seven by Upper Iowa. Simpson finished 3 for 3 with three RBI’s to lead a balanced attack while Lexie Loos was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Vicki Nielsen ended 2 for 4 with a grand slam and two runs scored while Sam O’Brien also homered for WSC in the win.
Freshman Cassy Miller pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid relief to earn the pitching win, now 2-0 on the season. She relieved starter Kelcie Bormann in the second and gave up just two hits and one run with seven strikeouts to help the Wildcats overcome a slow start.
The second game saw WSC build a 7-1 lead after four innings as the Wildcats went on to post a 7-3 win to complete the sweep. The ‘Cats scored single runs in the first, second and third innings and then put the game out of reach with a four-run fourth to give WSC a commanding 7-1 lead. Jordan King, Kelcie Bormann, Kaiti Williams and Vicki Nielsen each had RBI singles to highlight the six-hit inning.
WSC had 12 hits in the game to seven for Upper Iowa. Williams finished 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI’s. King, Nielsen and Loos each added two singles in the win while Megan Hagemann had a double.
Sophomore Sara Scheffert (8-3) recorded the pitching win, allowing seven hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Freshman Cassy Miller recorded the final two outs to earn the save with one strikeout.
The next action for the Wildcats will be this weekend as Wayne State will meet Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston. The games, originally scheduled to be played at Bemidji and Crookston, have been moved to Wayne due to unplayable field conditions in Minnesota. Saturday’s doubleheader against Bemidji State starts at 1 p.m. with Sunday’s twinbill against Minnesota Crookston beginning at noon.