WSC sofotball Florida trip ends with one more twinbill split
The Wayne State softball team ended its four-day stay at the National Training Center Spring Games with another two-game split in action at Clermont, Fla.
In the first game of the day, Mercyhurst (Pa.) snapped a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the fifth inning and added three more in the sixth to defeat Wayne State 12-2.
Mercyhurst scored twice in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead, but the Wildcats answered with single runs in the first and second to tie the game. Morgan Vasa reached on a bunt single in the first and scored on an Alyx Hagen single while Katelyn Wobken tripled in the second to score Annie Grammer to make it 2-2.
The Lakers then erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning on six hits and two Wildcat errors and scored another three runs on two hits and one error to finish off the easy win.
Wayne State was held to just three hits in the contest. Wobken tripled along with singles by Vasa and Hagen.
Riley Vanderveen (1-4) suffered the pitching loss, allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Reliever Allison Niemeier pitched 2/3 of an inning with Alyx Hagen pitching the final frame.
In the final game of the trip, Wayne State worked extra innings for an 8-6 victory in eight innings over Findlay (Ohio).
The Wildcats jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Emily Chandler doubled and scored on a Hagen sacrifice fly. Wobken singled and later scored on a Baylee Rial RBI single with Rial scoring on a wild pitch.
Wayne State took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when Ashley Hernandez doubled and scored on a wild pitch, but the Oilers came up with two runs in the fourth and sixth innings to send the game into extra innings tied at 4-4.
Wayne State opened the top of the eighth with four runs on four hits to build an 8-4 advantage. Hernandez had a two-run double with Abbie Hix adding an RBI single for key hits in the inning.
Findlay responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth and had the tying run on base before Vanderveen came on in relief and got a fly out to end the game.
The Wildcats (5-8) had 13 hits in the victory, led by Chandler going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Rial also had two hits in the win.
Starting pitcher Maddie Moser worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed just six hits and four runs with seven strikeouts and five walks. Vanderveen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and earned the win, charged with two runs to improve to 2-4 on the season.
Wayne State (5-8) resumes play on Wednesday, March 14 with a non-conference doubleheader at Truman State in Missouri starting at 12 p.m.