Junior Abbie Hix went 3 for 5 with three runs scored while freshman Annie Grammer blasted a three-run homer to lead the Wayne State College softball team in splitting a non-conference college softball twinbill played Wednesday afternoon in Kirksville, Missouri. The Wildcats won the opener 6-5 while falling in the second contest 9-1 in five innings. WSC is now 6-9 on the season with Truman State now sporting a record of 7-5.
The opener saw Wayne State build a 5-0 lead, then hold on late for a 6-5 victory over the Bulldogs.
WSC took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when freshman shortstop Annie Grammer belted her first collegiate home run down the left field line scoring Rachel Shumaker (walk) and Abbie Hix (single).
The ‘Cats added two more runs in the fifth inning, thanks to a two-out rally. Katelyn Wobken doubled and scored on a Wildcat pitch while Morgan Vasa walked and scored when Emily Chandler reached on an error.
Truman scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the WSC lead to 5-2, but WSC scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth when Hix walked and scored on an RBI single from Jordyn Breitbarth.
The host Bulldogs got within one in the sixth inning scoring three runs on a three-run homer.
Sophomore Allison Niemeier came on in the seventh and held Truman scoreless to earn the save in a 6-5 win.
Both teams had seven hits in the contest. Hix led the Wildcats going 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Wobken added two hits including a double followed by Grammer with a three-run homer.
Junior Riley Vanderveen (3-4) was the winning pitcher with relief help from Niemeier. Vanderveen worked six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Niemeier faced four batters in the seventh, allowing one walk, to earn her first save of the season.
The second game saw the host Bulldogs erupt for five runs in the second inning to spark Truman State in a 9-1 win in five innings over the Wildcats to salvage a split.
Truman took a 1-0 lead in the first and produced five runs in the second on just three hits, benefitting from one Wayne State error, to take a 6-0 lead.
Two more runs in the fourth resulted in a 8-0 Bulldog lead. WSC avoided the shutout in the fifth inning when Hix doubled down the right field line and scored on a ground out from Breitbarth.
The Bulldogs ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with one run to win on the eight-run rule 9-1.
Truman held a 9-4 advantage in hits in the second game. Hix doubled while Wobken, Chandler and Breitbarth each singled.
Freshman Maddie Moser (2-3) suffered the pitching loss, charged with seven runs (three earned) on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings with one walk. Junior Alyx Hagen worked the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits with two walks.
Wayne State’s schedule this weekend at the Hy-Vee Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri has been shortened one day due to predicted bad weather. Friday’s games have now been cancelled. The abbreviated schedule now has WSC playing in St. Joseph on Saturday at 12 p.m. vs. Missouri Western and 2 p.m. against Washburn with Sunday games at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville at 9 a.m. against Northwest Missouri State and 3 p.m. vs. Central Missouri.