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WSC Softball Opens Season With Big Win Over UNK

Posted: 22 February, 2014

ST. CLOUD, MN - Megan Hagemann and Sam O’Brien each had two hits and three RBI’s to lead a balanced hitting attack as Wayne State College opened the 2014 softball season Friday night with an 11-2 win in six innings over Nebraska-Kearney at the Kelly Laas Memorial Dome Invitational held in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  

WSC is now 1-0 on the season while UNK falls to 1-7 with the loss.

The Wildcats opened quickly with a three run first inning.  Kylee Simpson produced an RBI single while Megan Hagemann delivered a two-run single to highlight the inning. 

WSC took a 5-0 lead in the second with two runs as Alyssa Schropp and Lexie Loos singled with both players scoring when Kaiti Williams reached base on a throwing error by UNK pitcher Taryn Trosper.

After UNK scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the WSC lead to 5-2, the Wildcats scored one run in the top of the fifth for a 6-2 lead as Hagemann singled and scored on Sam O’Brien’s double to right centerfield. 

The Wildcats then put the game out of reach in the sixth inning scoring five runs on four hits.  Hagemann drew a bases loaded walk, O’Brien came through with a two-run single that scored Kelcie Bormann and Kylee Simpson while freshman Becca Kalhorn capped the inning with a pinch-hit, two-run single scoring O’Brien and Hagemann to close out the scoring in the inning.

Wayne State had 13 hits in the game compared to seven by Nebraska-Kearney. Hagemann was 2 for 3 with three RBI’s followed by Jordan King going 2 for 3 with one run scored.  Sam O’Brien and Kaiti Williams each went 2 for 4 at the plate with O’Brien producing the game’s lone extra base hit, a double, along with three RBI’s.

Other Wildcat players with hits included Lexie Loos, Kelcie Bormann, Kylee Simpson, Becca Kalhorn and Alyssa Schropp.

Junior pitcher Sara Scheffert fired five strong innings to notch the win in the circle. The Lincoln Southeast graduate allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.  Wayne sophomore Cassy Miller worked the final inning, notching three strikeouts while giving up two hits and no runs. 

Wayne State College will play three games Saturday at the Kelly Laas Memorial Dome Invitational in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  The Wildcats meet Concordia-St. Paul at 10 a.m., Missouri Western at 12 p.m. and Emporia State in a 4 p.m. contest.

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