#18 Missouri Western scored at least one run in five of six innings as the Griffons defeated Wayne State College 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Hy-Vee Softball Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri. MWSU is now 22-5 while WSC drops to 5-18 with the loss.
WSC scored in the first inning when Alyssa Schropp singled and scored on an Abbie Hix double down the left field line for a 1-0 lead.
Missouri Western took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the first, and added single runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings while holding WSC to just three hits the rest of the game as the Griffons finished with the 6-1 win.
Missouri Western had eight hits in the game to six for the Wildcats. Emily Chandler finished 2 for 4 while Hix had an RBI double. Katelyn Wobken, Schropp and Melanie Alyea also had hits for WSC.
Nataliah Hopkins (5-10) was the losing pitcher, allowing three runs on four hits over two innings with one strikeout and three walks. Sophomore Riley Vanderveen worked the next three innings and gave up just two runs on three hits while freshman Allison Niemeier pithced the final inning and allowing one run on one hit with two walks.
Wayne State rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Fort Hays State 5-4 Sunday afternoon in the Wildcats’ final game at the Hy-Vee Softball Classic in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Wildcats avenged two earlier loss to the Tigers with the win, now 6-18 overall, while Fort Hays State is 9-17.
The ‘Cats scored first when Abbie Hix delivered a triple down the right field line that scored Emily Chandler (error) for a 1-0 lead.
Fort Hays State scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first for a 3-1 advantage.
WSC tied the score at 3-3 in the fourth with a pair of runs as Katelyn Wobken had a two-run double that scored Melanie Alyea (walk) and Jordyn Breitbarth (double).
The Tigers regained the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth with a run, but WSC took the lead back for good with two runs in the top of the sixth. Breitbarth came through with a two-run single that brought home Rachel Shumaker (single) and pinch runner Sarah Hunter, who scored after Melanie Alyea walked, to give the Wildcats the lead at 5-4.
Wildcat reliever Riley Vanderveen then shut the door on the Tigers over the final two innings to earn the save as Wayne State held on for the 5-4 win.
Fort Hays State had 13 hits to 10 for WSC. Breitbarth was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI’s that included the game-winners in the sixth inning. Wobken was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI while Hix tripled and had one RBI. Rachel Shumaker finished 2 for 4 with one run scored while Alyssa Schropp, Emily Chandler and Blair Shanks each recorded singles.
Starting pitcher Nataliah Hopkins (6-10) notched the pitching win, giving up four runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Sophomore Riley Vanderveen pitched the final two innings and earned her second save of the season, giving up just two hits with one strikeout.
Wayne State will play its first home game of the season Tuesday afternoon vs. Nebraska-Kearney at 1 p.m. The doubleheader has been moved up one day from Wednesday, March 22nd due to predicted rain.