The University of Mary produced 27 hits in a Northern Sun Conference doubleheader against Wayne State College Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Wildcats 11-3 and 7-4 in nine innings at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne. UM is now 11-26 and 5-7 in the league while WSC drops to 7-29 and 1-11 in the NSIC.
The visiting Marauders used a nine-run third inning to break open a close game as Mary posted an 11-3 win in five innings.
UM scored twice in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead. WSC responded with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. Alyssa Schropp had a two-run single and Rachel Shumaker contributed an RBI double.
But WSC was held hitless the rest of the game while Mary erupted for nine runs on eight hits with three WSC errors in the third to take the 11-3 lead and end the game in five innings.
WSC had four hits in the game. Shumaker doubled while Katelyn Wobken, Monique Alyea and Schropp each singled.
Sophomore Riley Vanderveen was tagged with the pitching loss working 4 2/3 innings. Freshman Allison Niemeier pitched one third of an inning.
The second game saw WSC tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning while leaving the bases loaded with Mary then scratching out three runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-4 win over the Wildcats in extra innings.
Mary scored two runs in the first and third innings while WSC had single runs in the first, second and third and trailed 4-3 heading into the seventh.
Wobken led off the seventh with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a Mary fielding error. WSC then tried to squeeze home Wobken but she was thrown out at home on a Monique Alyea fielder’s choice. Melanie Alyea walked followed by a Jordyn Breitbarth single up the middle to tie the score at 4-4. Schumaker then walked to load the bases with just one out, but Mary got out of the inning with a fly ball to right field and a strikeout to force the game into extra innings.
The game stayed 4-4 until the ninth when the Marauders used a pair of walks and two hits to score three runs as Mary finished with the 7-4 nine inning win.
Mary had 10 hits in the game to seven by WSC. Melanie Alyea doubled twice, going 2 for 3 with one run scored. Wobken was 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and run scored while Breitbarth was 2 for 4 with a pair of singles and two RBI.
Nataliah Hopkins suffered the hard-luck loss in the circle, working all nine innings. She gave up 10 hits and seven runs with six strikeouts and three walks.
Wayne State visits Sioux Falls for an NSIC doubleheader Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.