Fort Hays sweeps Wayne State in softball twinbill

Fort Hays State avenged an earlier loss to Wayne State College by pounding out 27 hits while scoring 16 runs Wednesday afternoon in a 6-4, 10-6 non-conference softball sweep over the Wildcats in Hays, Kan. at Tiger Stadium.

In the opener, Wayne State scored three runs in the second, highlighted by an RBI double from Abbie Hix and run-scoring singles from Jordyn Breitbarth and Katelyn Wobken.

After the Tigers countered with four runs in the bottom of the frame for a 4-3 lead, WSC knotted the score in the top of the third when Emily Chandler tripled and scored on an Alyx Hagen groundout.

But Fort Hays State snapped the tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to close out the scoring in a 6-4 win.

Fort Hays State held a 14-10 advantage in hits on the Wildcats. Breitbarth was 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored while Chandler was 3-for-4 with a triple. Rachel Shumaker finished 2-for-4 with a run scored while Hix doubled.

Freshman relief pitcher Maddie Moser (0-2) suffered the pitching loss, allowing two runs over four innings on five hits with two walks. Starter Alyx Hagen worked the first two innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits.

The second game saw the host Tigers produce four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete the sweep with a 10-5 win over the Wildcats.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to RBI doubles from Hagen and Shumaker.

FHSU answered with two in the bottom of the first to even the score at 2-2.

WSC then scored single runs in the third and fourth innings for a 4-2 advantage. Hagen had another RBI double that brought home Wobken (single) while Baylee Rial’s triple in the fourth brought home Breitbarth (single).

But the Tigers came right back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good at 6-4.

The Wildcats got within one in the fifth at 6-5 when Hagen doubled and scored on a Shumaker single.

Fort Hays State then came up with four runs on three hits and two Wildcat errors in the sixth to finish with the 10-6 victory.

FHSU had 13 hits in the second game to 11 for the Wildcats. Shumaker was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Hagen finished 3-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Wobken ended 2-for-4 while Rial tripled.

Riley Vanderveen (0-1) worked all six innings and was charged with the loss, allowing 10 runs (six earned) on 13 hits with two walks and no strikeouts.

Wayne State (1-4) resumes play on Sunday when the Wildcats take their annual spring break trip to Florida. Wayne State faces No. 6 West Virginia Wesleyan at 8 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. game vs. Ashland (Ohio) at the National Training Center Spring Games in Leesburg, Fla.

The Wayne Herald

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