Augustana used a seven run first inning in the opener and a four run first in the nightcap to sweep Wayne State College 12-3 and 9-1 in the NSIC softball opener for both teams played Wednesday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne. The Vikings are now 20-6 overall and 2-0 in league play while the Wildcats fall to 6-15 and 0-2 in the NSIC.
The Vikings struck for seven runs in the first and three more in the second to control of the opener. WSC scored two runs in the bottom of the first as Morgan Vasa’s RBI double scored Katelyn Wobken (single) with Vasa scoring on a Rachel Shumaker RBI single.
WSC scored its final run in the fourth when Taylor Menard singled to left field scoring Shumaker (single).
Augustana added two runs in the top of the fifth to make the final 12-3 in five innings.
WSC had seven hits in the contest. Vasa, Wobken and Shumaker each went 2 for 3 with Vasa and Shumaker each recording RBI’s.
Freshman Maddie Moser (2-5) suffered the pitching loss with one inning of relief from junior Alyx Hagen.
The second contest saw the Vikings jump out to an early 4-0 lead with four more runs in the fourth to complete the sweep with a 9-1 win in six innings.
Wayne State’s lone run came in the third inning when Emily Chandler tripled to right field scoring Wobken (reached on error).
Augustana closed the scoring with a single run in the sixth to make the final 9-1 in six innings.
The Wildcats had five hits in the game with Shumaker and Chandler each going 2 for 3. Hagen had Wayne State’s other hit.
Junior Riley Vanderveen (3-7) was tagged with the pitching loss, working three innings. Moser pitched the final three innings and allowed just one run on three hits.
Wayne State will be at home again Thursday afternoon hosting #13 Minnesota State in an NSIC doubleheader starting at 2:30 p.m. The games were moved up one day due to anticipated bad weather later this weekend.