Wildcat softball gets extra-inning win
Wayne State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held on in extra innings to capture a 7-6 win over Fort Hays State Saturday at the Fort Hays State Softball Crossover in Kansas.
After going scoreless the first two innings of the game, Wayne State scored three runs in the top of the third to give the Wildcats an early lead. Wayne State used a sacrifice fly from senior Rachel Shumaker to score junior Baylee Rial for the first run of the game. After freshman Ashley Hernandez walked, Abbie Hix had a 2-RBI single to right center scoring Emily Chandler (single) and Alyx Hagen (walk) to push the score to 3-0.
Wayne State added another run in the fifth after Shumaker doubled, advanced to third on a double by Ashley Hernandez and crossed home plate when Hix reached on a fielder’s choice to make the score 4-0.
Fort Hays State responded in the bottom half of the inning using three hits, a Wildcat fielding error and an RBI groundout to cut the Wayne State lead to 4-2.
The Wildcats were held scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning. Fort Hays forced the game into extra innings after tying the game 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh. The Tigers scored their two runs off an RBI triple by Bailey Boxberger and RBI single by Sara Breckbill.
In the top of the eighth, Abbie Hix was placed on second to start the inning. Katelyn Wobken had a 2-RBI single to score Hix and senior Jordyn Breitbarth (single) to help the Wildcats regain the lead 6-4.
Fort Hays responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single and an RBI walk to force the game to the ninth tied 6-6.
Wayne State reclaimed the lead for good in the top of the ninth 7-6 when Hix singled to right center scoring Emily Chandler. Wayne State held on in the bottom of the inning forcing the Tigers into three groundouts to secure the victory.
Wayne State outhit Fort Hays State 14-12. Junior Abbie Hix led the Wildcats at the dish going 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Emily Chandler was 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Katelyn Wobken was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Junior Baylee Rial and Rachel Shumaker added two hits each for Wayne State while Jordyn Breitbarth, Alyx Hagen and Ashley Hernandez each added one hit.
Junior Alyx Hagen worked two innings of relief to earn the win, allowing one earned run on two hits with three walks. Riley Vanderveen started the game pitching four innings giving up no runs and five hits while freshman Maddie Moser pitched three innings surrendering seven hits and three earned runs.
Wayne State (1-2) will play two more games Sunday at the FHSU Crossover in Hays, Kan., battling Washburn at 1 p.m. and Nebraska-Kearney in a 3 p.m. contest.