#9 Winona State used big innings in the opener and a dominant pitching performance in game two to sweep Wayne State College 8-0 and 4-0 Thursday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne, Neb. The Warriors are now 28-4 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC while the Wildcats drop to 7-20 and 1-7 in league play.
The opener remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when the Warriors exploded for five runs on four hits and one Wildcat error. The big hit of the inning came from leftfielder Mariah Schultz who hit a two-run homerun.
The Warriors pushed across three more runs in the fourth on six hits to make the score 8-0.
Wayne State could not respond in the top of the fifth and fell to Winona State 8-0 in five innings.
WSC had just four hits in the contest. Katelyn Wobken, Jordyn Breitbarth, Emily Chandler and Annie Grammar each collected hits for the ‘Cats.
Freshman Maddie Moser (2-7) suffered the pitching loss with one inning of relief from sophomore Allison Niemeier.
The second contest saw the Winona State use a dominant pitching performance from sophomore Jordyn Kleman to complete the sweep of the Wildcats.
WSU scored single runs in the first and fifth inning and two runs in the sixth.
Four runs were more than enough run support for Kleman as she held Wayne State hitless and struck out 15 batters en route to a 4-0 win.
Junior Riley Vanderveen was tagged with the loss allowing four runs on ten hits while striking out one.