Wildcat Softball Stays Alive In NSIC Tournament
Posted: 06 May, 2013
ROCHESTER, MN - Megan Hagemann went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI’s to help Wayne State remain alive at the NSIC Softball Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota with a 6-3 win over Upper Iowa Friday evening in an elimination game played at the Rochester Community and Technical College Dome. WSC is now 27-15 on the season while Upper Iowa finishes the year at 28-16.
The Wildcats scored single runs in the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead. In the first, Lexie Loos opened the game with a double to right center and advanced to third on Jordan King’s single. Loos then scored when Vicki Nielsen reached on a fielder’s choice giving the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. Sophomore catcher Megan Hagemann pushed the lead to two runs in the second inning with a two-out, solo homer over the left field fence.
WSC looked to break the game open in the fourth inning after loading the bases with just one out but settled for just one run as Hagemann produced an RBI single to center field that scored Kaiti Williams, who reached on an error to open the inning, giving the ‘Cats a 3-0 advantage.
The Wildcats added three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-0 lead. Kylee Simpson had an RBI single to highlight the inning while Kelcie Bormann and Hagemann each drew bases loaded walks to bring home the other two runs in the inning. Vicki Nielsen and Kaiti Williams also had hits in the inning for WSC as the ‘Cats took advantage of one UIU error and two walks to score three runs.
Upper Iowa then avoided a shutout in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring three runs on three hits against Wildcat reliever Cassy Miller as starter Sara Scheffert, who threw six shutout innings to start the game, came back in to get the final out and preserve the 6-3 win.
Both teams had seven hits in the game while UIU had five errors. Hagemann led WSC at the plate going 2 for 3 with three RBI and a home run. Lexie Loos doubled and scored two runs while Jordan King, Vicki Nielsen, Kaiti Williams and Kylee Simpson also singled in the win.
Scheffert improved her season record to 16-7 with the win, firing 6 1/3 innings and allowing just four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Wayne State will meet St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in an elimination game at the NSIC Softball Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.