Freshman Kim Vidlak went 3 for 5 with three RBI to help the Wayne State College softball team edge Bemidji State 5-4 in nine innings Friday afternoon in the second game of a Northern Sun Conference twinbill played in Bemidji, Minnesota. The host Beavers won the opener 7-0 to earn a split of the doubleheader. Wayne State is now 13-32 overall and 4-24 in the NSIC while Bemidji State is 23-29 and 6-22 in league games.
Bemidji State sophomore Stephi Dullum fired a six-hit shutout in the opener leading the Beavers to a 7-0 win over the Wildcats.
BSU scored all seven runs in the first three innings – two in the first, three in the second and two in the third.
Taylor Menard went 2 for 3 to pace WSC at the plate. Vidlak and Emily Chandler each doubled while Ashley Hernandez and Raquell Penke each recorded singles.
Sophomore starter Maddie Moser worked 5 1/3 innings in the game and was tagged with the pitching loss while freshman Makenna Adkison pitched 2/3 inning.
The second game saw the Wildcats stave off back-to-back late inning rallies by Bemidji State as Wayne State scored in the top of the ninth to outlast Bemidji State 5-4 to gain a split of the doubleheader.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when Vidlak drilled a two-run single to left field that scored Kamryn Sparks (single) and Morgan Vasa (walk) for a 2-0 Wildcat lead.
The score remained 2-0 until Bemidji State scored twice in the bottom of the seventh when the host Beavers came up with two runs to send the game into extra innings.
Wayne State wasted little time in regaining the momentum in the top of the eighth as the Wildcats produced two runs for a 4-2 lead.
Kortney Buresh led off the extra inning with a single and scored on Emily Chandler’s RBI single through the left side for a 3-2 WSC lead. The RBI for Chandler tied her with the late Kaiti Williams (146 RBI from 2012-15) for the most RBI by a Wildcat softball player.
Vidlak singled to center field and later scored on a Bemidji State throwing error giving WSC a 4-2 advantage.
But again, Bemidji State matched WSC with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame and sent the game to the ninth inning knotted at 4-4.
Morgan Vasa opened the ninth inning with a single and later scored on Vidlak’s third hit of the game, a single to right field, that gave the ‘Cats a 5-4 lead.
Bemidji State opened the ninth with a triple, but WSC got the potential tying run out at home on a fielder’s choice. Later in the ninth, BSU got the tying run on third base again but Wildcat reliever Maddie Moser recorded the final out on a pop up to second giving Wayne State the 5-4 win in nine innings.
WSC had 10 hits in the game, led by Vidlak going 3 for 5 with three RBI. Buresh ended 2 for 5 with a run scored while Chandler was 1 for 5 with an RBI, tying the all-time school record. Vasa went 1 for 3 with two runs scored.
Senior starter Riley Vanderveen pitched into the eighth inning, allowing 11 hits and four runs (two earned) with one strikeout and two walks. Moser relieved for the final 1 1/3 innings and earned the pitching win, now 4-12 on the year.
Wayne State is scheduled to close the regular season at Minnesota Crookston on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.