Junior Abbie Hix went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBI while freshman Maddie Moser pitched a complete game with six strikeouts to lead the Wayne State College softball team in a 3-2 win over Stonehill (Mass.) Wednesday morning at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. WSC is now 4-6 on the year while Stonehill slips to 0-3.
WSC opened the scoring in the top of the second as Alyx Hagen walked and scored on an Abbie Hix single to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
The Skyhawks took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning on three hits and one Wildcat error.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of Stonehill until the top of the sixth inning when the Wildcats used three doubles to score a pair of runs to take the lead. Hagen led off the frame with a double to center field with pinch runner Sarah Hunter scoring on an Abbie Hix two bagger to even the score at 2-2. Hix then scored the go-ahead run on a Taylor Menard double giving WSC a 3-2 lead.
Stonehill tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh by putting two runners on base with two outs, but Moser got the final out on a fly ball to right field to end the game with WSC hanging on for the 3-2 win.
The Skyhawks had one more hit in the game than WSC 7-6. Hix was 2 for 3 with a single, double and two RBI. Hagen, Annie Grammer and Menard each doubled with Morgan Vasa adding a single.
Moser improved to 2-2 on the season with her second complete game win on the Florida trip. The freshman from Central City allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Lewis University of Illinois outlasted Wayne State College 14-11 in nine innings Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference college softball game played at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. The Flyers are now 9-6 on the year while WSC falls to 4-7.
The Flyers scored six runs in the first inning and two more in the second for an 8-0 lead early in the contest.
Wayne State got back into the contest with a six-run second inning, highlighted by Emily Chandler’s three-run homer. Rachel Shumaker also tripled in the inning.
The ‘Cats added another run in the third to trim the lead to 8-7 as Abbie Hix doubled and scored on a single by Ashley Hernandez.
Lewis scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to take a 10-7 lead, but the Wildcats came back with two in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-9. Baylee Rial’s double scored Katelyn Wobken (single) with Rial scoring on an RBI groundout from Shumaker.
WSC tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jordyn Breitbarth homered with one out, sending the game into extra innings tied at 10-10.
Both teams scored in the eighth to make the score 11-11. Alyx Hagen’s single scored Rial for the Wildcat run in the eighth. But the Flyers struck for three runs in the top of the ninth while holding WSC scoreless in the bottom of the frame for the 14-11 victory.
Lewis had 17 hits in the contest to 13 for WSC. Wobken finished 4 for 5 with four singles and two runs scored. Hagen was 2 for 4 with a pair of singles while Shumaker went 2 for 5 with a triple and RBI. Chandler and Breitbarth each homered with Chandler recording three RBI.
Junior starter Riley Vanderveen (1-3) was tagged with the pitching loss, working 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Allison Niemeier worked 3 2/3 innings of the contest in the circle.
Wayne State will play two more games on Thursday to close out play on their annual spring break trip to Florida, battling Mercyhurst (Pa.) at 8 a.m. and Findlay (Ohio) at 10:30 a.m.