Wayne State used a season-high 15 hits and matched a season-best with 11 runs scored as the Wildcat softball team rebounded from an 11-3 defeat in the opener to win the second game 11-8 at MSU Moorhead and earn a split of a Northern Sun Conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon in Moorhead, Minnesota. WSC is now 11-28 and 2-20 in the NSIC while MSU Moorhead is 13-26 and 7-15 in league play.
The host Dragons produced six runs in the second inning to take an early 7-1 lead and MSU Moorhead scored in four of five innings to post an 11-3 win in five innings over the Wildcats.
Wayne State scored its first run of the game in the second inning as senior second baseman Abbie Hix walked and scored on a Raquell Penke RBI single to left field.
The ‘Cats scored twice in the fourth inning as Emily Chandler singled and scored on a Penke single to left field followed by an RBI single from Kamryn Sparks that brought home Ashley Hernandez (single).
WSC had six hits in the game, led by Penke going 2 for 2 with two RBI. Morgan Vasa doubled while Chandler, Hernandez and Sparks each singled.
Freshman Makenna Adkison (7-11) was tagged with the pitching loss, working four innings and charged with seven hits and seven runs with two strikeouts and four walks.
The second game saw the Wildcat offense erupt with a season-high 15 hits while matching a season-high with 11 runs scored as Wayne State overcame an early 8-5 deficit to earn a split with an 11-8 win.
The ‘Cats scored three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run single from Hernandez and an RBI single by Taylor Menard to strike first.
After MSU Moorhead scored twice in the bottom of the first, WSC matched the Dragons with a pair of runs in the top of the second for a 5-2 lead. Hix lined a double to center field that scored Kortney Buresh (walk) while Sparks singled and scored when Chandler reached on a Dragon fielding error.
The host Dragons then scored six runs in the bottom of the frame, taking an 8-5 lead on the Wildcats.
The score remained 8-5 until the top of the fifth inning when a pair of home runs capped a five-run outburst by WSC to give the ‘Cats a 10-8 lead.
Chandler opened the inning with a solo homer. Hix and Menard each singled to left field with Hernandez notching a ground-rule double that scored Hix. Sparks then followed with a three-run blast to empty the bases, putting the ‘Cats ahead 10-8.
Chandler added another solo homer, this one coming with one out in the sixth, to close the scoring as the Wildcats rebounded with an 11-8 win to earn a split.
Wayne State ended the game with a season-high 15 hits, led by Chandler’s two solo homers that moved her into second place on the all-time home run list at WSC with 29, moving past Sam O’Brien’s 28 homers from 2013-16). Chandler was 2 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Hix and Menard each went 3 for 4 with Hix having a double. Sparks went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored. Vasa and Penke each added a single.
Senior Riley Vanderveen (2-6) fired a complete game to earn the win in the circle. She allowed 11 hits and eight runs, but just two were earned, to go with three strikeouts and one walk.
Wayne State will visit Northern State Saturday for a 12 p.m. doubleheader in Aberdeen, South Dakota.