Wayne, Neb. — #20 Minnesota State defeated Wayne State College 20-3 and 11-5 in Northern Sun Conference softball Saturday afternoon at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne. The visiting Mavericks are now 17-44 and 6-2 in the league while the Wildcats fall to 3-19 and 0-10 in the NSIC.
A 12-run sixth inning sealed the win for the Mavericks in the first game.
After MSU scored three in the first and five in the second for an 8-0 early advantage, Wayne State gained some momentum in the bottom of the fourth as Ashley Hernandez led off the inning with a solo homer followed by an RBI single from freshman Mary Krystofiak to get the Wildcats on the board and trailed 8-2 entering the fifth.
But Minnesota State erupted for 12 runs in the sixth inning on nine hits and three Wildcat errors to take a 20-2 lead. WSC added a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI groundout from Dylan Sweeney that scored Jenna Etmans, who singled earlier, to close out the scoring.
WSC had eight hits in the contest, led by Etmans going 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Krystofiak also had two hits and an RBI while Hernandez homered. Sweeney, Kortney Buresh and Katie Humburg also had hits for the Wildcats.
Sophomore starter Sloan Cooksey suffered the pitching loss with 3 2/3 innings of relief from freshman Callie Carraher.
The second game saw the Mavericks use a six-run fourth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit to the Wildcats as Minnesota State completed the sweep with an 11-5 win.
The ‘Cats scored in the first three innings of the game. In the first, Kim Vidlak singled and scored on a MSU fielding error.
Emily Hale’s RBI double in the second scored Riley Holmberg (single) for the second Wildcat run of the game.
WSC took a 4-2 lead in the third on a two-run single from Sparks, bringing home Buresh (error) and Hernandez (single).
But Minnesota State wasted no time in regaining the lead, scoring six runs in the fourth on six hits for an 8-4 lead.
MSU added two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh for a 11-4 lead and WSC capped the scoring in the bottom of the seventh on a Vidlak RBI single that brought home pinch runner Abby Husing to make the final score 11-5.
Wayne State had 10 hits in the game, led by Vidlak going 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored. Hale doubled while six other Wildcats had one single each.
Senior starter Maddie Moser was the losing pitcher in four innings of work while sophomore Sloan Cooksey worked three innings of relief and had six strikeouts.
The Wildcats will be at home again Sunday hosting Concordia-St. Paul in a 12 p.m. doubleheader.