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 College 12-2 Thursday morning in a non-conference college softball game played at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. The Lakers improved to 1-11 with the win while WSC dropped to 4-8.
Mercyhurst scored twice in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead with WSC answering on single runs in the first and second to knot the score at 2-2.
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 (walk) to tie the score at 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 make the score 12-2.
WSC was held to just three hits in the contest – Wobken tripled to go with singles by Vasa and Hagen.
Junior starter Riley Vanderveen (1-4) suffered the pitching loss, allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Sophomore reliever Allison Niemeier pitched 2/3 of an inning with Alyx Hagen pitching the final frame.
Wayne State College closed its annual spring break softball trip to Florida Thursday afternoon with an 8-6 victory in eight innings over Findlay (Ohio) at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. The Wildcats ended the trip at 4-4 and is now 5-8 on the season while the Oilers slip to 4-10.
The Wildcats jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Emily Chandler doubled and scored on an Alyx Hagen sacrifice fly. Katelyn Wobken singled and later scored on a Baylee Rial RBI single with Rial scoring on a wild pitch.
WSC took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when Ashley Hernandez doubled and scored on a wild pitch.
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 reliever Riley Vanderveen got a fly out to end the game giving Wayne State the 8-6 win.
WSC 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 (two earned) with seven strikeouts and five walks. Junior Riley Vanderveen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and earned the win, charged with two runs (both unearned), to improve to 2-4 on the season.
Wayne State resumes play on Wednesday, March 14th with a non-conference doubleheader at Truman State in Missouri starting at 12 p.m.