After Wayne State tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Pittsburg State came back and handed the Wildcats a heartbreaking defeat by scoring in the bottom of the seventh without a hit as the Gorillas edged WSC 5-4 Sunday afternoon at the Washburn Invitational Softball Tournament in Topeka, Kansas. WSC slips to 0-5 on the year while Pittsburg State is now 3-5.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning. WSC started the scoring with five hits in the opening frame. Kortney Buresh led off with a single and scored on an Ashley Hernandez single up the middle.
Kamryn Sparks doubled to right field scoring Kim Vidlak (single) for a 2-0 Wildcat lead and Michaela Smith had an RBI double that brought home Sparks for the third run.
After the Gorillas tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the first, the score remained 3-3 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Pittsburg State plated one run for a 4-3 lead.
WSC responded in the top of the seventh to even the score at 4-4. Vidlak singled to start the inning and crossed home plate on a Hernandez RBI double with no outs. Sparks was intentionally walked and Pittsburg State got a double play and a ground ball to get out of the inning to have the game remain tied at 4-4.
The Gorillas then took the momentum back in the bottom of the seventh and came up with four walks to score the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the 5-4 win.
Wayne State outhit Pittsburg State in the game 11-6. Vidlak went 4 for 4 with four singles and two runs scored. Hernandez was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI while Sparks ended 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Smith doubled while Buresh and Emily Hale each singled to round out Wayne State’s 11-hit attack.
Reliever Sloan Cooksey (0-1) suffered the hard luck loss for the Wildcats. Starter Maddie Moser worked six innings and allowed six hits and four runs with two strikeouts and five walks.
Wayne State was slated to face Fort Hays State to close out play at the Washburn Invitational late Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore pitcher Hadley Chvatal fired a complete game and Wayne State scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning as the Wildcats salvaged the final game of a three-day tournament with a 3-2 win over Fort Hays State at the Washburn Invitational in Topeka, Kansas. The Wildcats are now 1-5 while the Tigers drop to 4-8.
WSC opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a two out rally as Jenna Etmans walked and later scored when Riley Holmberg reached base on a two out Fort Hays State error for a 1-0 lead.
Fort Hays State answered in the bottom of the second to knot the score at 1-1, but WSC regained the lead with a single run in the top of the fourth when Michaela Smith opened the frame with a single, the first of three straight Wildcat hits, and scored on a single by Madison Gomez for a 2-1 WSC advantage.
The Tigers knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth and Wayne State came up with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh for the eventual win.
Emily Hale singled and advanced to second on a Fort Hays State throwing error. With two outs, Hale scored when Kim Vidlak reached base on an infield single in front of home plate that gave the ‘Cats a 3-2 lead.
Chvatal then retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the seventh to cap the complete game win as Wayne State won the 3-2 contest.
WSC had one more hit than Fort Hays State 7-6. Gomez was 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead WSC. Kortney Buresh had the only extra base hit of the contest – a double. Vidlak, Smith, Etmans and Hale each singled.
Chvatal (1-3) earned the complete game win, giving up just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Wayne State will compete again next weekend at the Emporia State Tournament in Kansas, playing six games in three days starting Friday at 3 p.m. against Illinois Springfield.