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WSC Softball Splits With St. Cloud State On Saturday

Posted: 14 April, 2013

OMAHA - The Wayne State College softball team’s 11-game win streak was snapped abruptly by St. Cloud State Saturday as the Huskies handed the Wildcats an 18-0 loss in the first game of an NSIC softball doubleheader played at Omaha North High School due to this week’s ice/snow storm that made Wayne State’s field unplayable.   But the Wildcats regrouped in the second game and used a walk-off, game winning single up the middle by freshman shortstop Sam O’Brien  to salvage a split of the doubleheader with an exciting 6-5 win.  WSC is now 21-7 on the season and 12-2 in NSIC play while St. Cloud State is 23-16 and 8-4 in league play.
            The first game saw St. Cloud State erupt for 13 runs in the sixth inning as the Huskies rolled past the Wildcats 18-0.  The Huskies scored in all but one inning against three Wildcat pitchers in the contest as St. Cloud State limited WSC to just three hits in the game.  Vicki Nielsen doubled while Kylee Simpson and Lexie Loos each singled to account for Wayne State’s three hits in the game as sophomore Kelcie Bormann (6-3) was tagged with the pitching loss.
            In the second game, WSC built an early 4-0 lead, then held back a late St. Cloud State rally before winning the game in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 win to earn a split of the doubleheader.
            The ‘Cats took a 4-0 lead in the third inning with four runs on five hits fueled by Jordan King’s RBI double and a run-scoring single from Kelcie Bormann. 
            After St. Cloud State scored three runs in the fifth to slice the Wildcat lead to 4-3, WSC pushed the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Bormann doubled and scored on O’Brien’s single to right field. 
            St. Cloud State then tied the score at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the sixth and the score remained the same until the Wildcat rally in the bottom of the seventh off Husky relief pitcher Kelly Franks, who pitched a three-hit shutout in the opener.
            Vicki Nielsen opened the seventh with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kaiti Williams.  Kelcie Bormann was intentionally walked with Hagemann earning a walk to load the bases.  O’Brien then delivered the game-winning single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch that scored Nielsen with the game winner giving WSC a thrilling 6-5 win in the second game.
            WSC had 12 hits in the game with SCSU recording nine.  Bormann was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double to pace the ‘Cats at the plate.  O’Brien finished 2 for 4 with two RBI’s including the game-winner for WSC.  Jordan King went 2 for 4 with a double while Lexie Loos added two singles for the Wildcats.
            Sophomore starter Sara Scheffert won her seventh straight start and improved to 11-3 on the season with the win.  She allowed five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks.



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