ABERDEEN, S.D. – Following a road sweep for the Wayne State College softball team, WSC traveled to Aberdeen, South Dakota to face Northern State University.
From Moccasin Creek on Saturday, NSU jumped out front with a three-run second inning. Wayne State then outscored the Wolves 3-1 in the third and brought four runs in during the fourth inning. Down 7-4, Northern State spotted five runs in the fifth while WSC could only manage one more run in the sixth to fall 9-8.
Senior Monique Alyea paced WSC at the plate with a homerun, double and single as junior Katelyn Wobken added a three-run homer. Junior Jordyn Breitbarth singled and drove in two runs off of a homer as senior Melanie Alyea and freshman Jenna Steward singled twice and drove in a run each. Senior Alyssa Schropp added a double.
Sophomore Riley Vanderveen suffered the loss (1-11) in one and a third of an inning allowing three earned runs off of six hits. Junior Nataliah Hopkins worked four and two-thirds allowing six earned runs off of 10 hits while walking two batters and striking out one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 3 4 0 1 0 8 11 0 – WSC
0 3 1 0 5 0 X 9 16 1 – NSU
During the second contest, Northern State started hot with a run in the first, three runs in the second and two in the third. Down 6-0, Wayne State managed two runs in the top of the fourth but the Wolves brought in a pair of runs in each of the fourth and fifth to win 10-2. With the sweep, NSU improved to 24-17-1 (9-8-1 NSIC) as the ‘Cats are now 10-32 (4-14 NSIC).
Breitbarth recorded the only extra-base hit for WSC with a double and run scored. Sophomore Abbie Hix and Melanie Alyea each singled as Alyea scored a run and junior Rachel Shumaker drove in a run.
Freshman Allison Niemeier suffered the loss (0-4) in two innings allowing six run (four earned) off of seven hits while walking one batter. Hopkins pitched two innings allowing two earned runs off of five hits while walking three batters and striking out one as Vanderveen allowed two earned runs off of two hits facing two batters.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
0 0 0 2 0 2 3 2 – WSC
1 3 2 2 2 10 14 1 – NSU
Wayne State is next in action on Tuesday, April 18 from the Pete Chapman Softball Complex hosting Upper Iowa at 2/4 p.m.