Missouri Southern registered a non-conference softball sweep over Wayne State College Sunday afternoon in Joplin, Missouri with 6-1 and 1-0 victories over the Wildcats. MSSU is now 3-4 on the while WSC drops to 1-5 on the young season.
The opener saw the host Lions use a four-run third inning to separate themselves from the Wildcats in a 6-1 win.
Missouri Southern held a 6-0 lead after three innings thanks to solo runs in the first and second innings followed by a four-run third, with all four runs scoring unearned on a grand slam homer by the Lions.
WSC got on the board in the fifth inning with one run, but left the bases loaded. Senior Morgan Vasa recorded an infield single. Abbie Hix singled and Kamryn Sparks walked to load the bases. Sophomore third baseman Ashley Hernandez drew a bases loaded walk to score Vasa.
Following a MSSU pitching change with the bases still loaded, the Lions got Raquell Penke to pop to second base to end the inning.
Missouri Southern had one more hit than WSC in the contest 7-6. Penke led the ‘Cats offensively going 2 for 3 with a double. Vasa, Hix, Sparks and Michaela Smith each singled.
Sophomore starter Maddie Moser (0-3) suffered the pitching loss, allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Senior Riley Vanderveen worked one inning of hitless relief giving up one walk.
The second game saw the host Lions score an unearned run in the fifth inning for the lone run of the contest as Missouri Southern completed the sweep with a 1-0 win over the Wildcats.
The contest was a pitchers’ duel between WSC freshman Makenna Adkison and MSSU Taurean Guzman.
Adkison gave up just three hits and an unearned run with two walks and two strikeouts while Guzman allowed four hits to WSC with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Wildcats had just two runners reach second base in the contest. Penke singled in the second and moved to second base on a passed ball and was left stranded and in the seventh inning Penke doubled with one out and again was left stranded to end the game.
Wayne State had four hits in the contest, one more than Missouri Southern. Penke went 2 for 3 with a double while Vasa and Sparks each singled.
Adkison (1-2) was the hard luck losing pitcher, yielding just three hits and one run (unearned) in the contest.
The next action for Wayne State will be Sunday, March 3rd when the Wildcats begin their annual spring break trip to the National Training Center Spring Games in Florida. The ‘Cats are scheduled to face Tiffin (Ohio) at 11:15 a.m. and Clarion (Pa.) in a 3:45 p.m. contest next Sunday.