Wayne State College used a key two-run single in the sixth inning from freshman Ashley Hernandez and a complete game pitching performance from junior Riley Vanderveen as the Wildcats opened their annual Florida Spring Break Trip Sunday morning with a 4-2 victory over #6 West Virginia Wesleyan at the National Training Center Spring Games played at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg, Florida. The Wildcats improved to 2-4 with the win while the Bobcats dropped to 1-2 on the season.
West Virginia Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo homer and the score stayed that way until the Wildcats struck for four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Rachel Shumaker started the rally with a run-scoring single that brought home Emily Chandler (single) to tie the score at 1-1. With two outs, Hernandez came through with a two-run single that scored Chandler and pinch-runner Sarah Hunter for a 3-1 Wildcat lead. Hernandez then scored when Annie Grammer reached on an error for a 4-1 WSC lead.
West Virginia Wesleyan made the game interesting in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run while loading the bases. But Vanderveen got the final out on a pop up to first to end the game giving WSC a 4-2 victory.
Both teams had seven hits in the contest. Grammer finished 2 for 3 to lead the Wildcats. Hernandez had a two-run single while Shumaker chipped in with an RBI single. Vanderveen (1-1) fired a complete game win in the circle for the Wildcats, allowing just two runs (both earned) on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts.