The Wayne State College softball team dropped a Northern Sun Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the University of Sioux Falls by scores of 13-3 and 14-4. The host Cougars improve to 14-15 and 4-4 in the NSIC while the Wildcats slip to 9-16 and 0-8 in league play.
The opener saw Sioux Falls put the game out of reach with a nine-run third inning to post the 13-3 win.
USF scored all their runs in two innings – four in the first and nine in the third.
Wayne State got on the board in the third inning as Annie Grammer doubled down the left field line and scored on a Emily Chandler ground out.
The ‘Cats added two runs in the fourth on a two-run pinch hit homer from Michaela Smith, scoring Ashley Hernandez who doubled earlier in the inning
WSC had seven hits in the game, led by Kim Vidlak going 2 for 3 with a double. Smith added a two-run homer while Grammer and Herandez each doubled.
Starter Makenna Adkison (6-7) was the losing pitcher with relief help from sophomore Maddie Moser.
The second game saw the host Cougars build an early 9-0 lead as Sioux Falls completed the sweep with a 14-4 victory in six innings.
Wayne State scored twice in the fourth inning as Kortney Buresh singled and scored on Emily Chandler’s two-run homer, the third time in the last four games that Chandler has connected for a home run.
The Wildcats added two runs in the fifth inning on an Abbie Hix two-run single to right center field, bringing home Buresh (single) and Kim Vidlak (single).
WSC had 10 hits in the contest, led by Buresh going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and two runs scored. Hix finished 2 for 3 with two RBI while Taylor Menard went 2 for 3. Chandler homered and had two RBI.
Starter Riley Vanderveen (0-3) suffered the pitching loss with relief help from Adkison.
Wayne State will be on the road this weekend for NSIC doubleheaders at Concordia-St. Paul Saturday and Minnesota State Sunday.