ABERDEEN, S.D. – The senior-sophomore pitching duo of Hallie Misiaszek (SR/Mitchell, S.D.) (Mitchell, S.D.) and Katie Wurtz (Omaha, Neb.) combined on a five-hit, seven-strikeout gem Saturday, Feb. 22, guiding National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 22-ranked Morningside College.
Completing a highlight-reel two-weekend run at Presentation College’s Dome, head coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann’s squad upended Valley City State University 7-1 and Mayville State University 7-4 to improve to 8-0.
In the opener, Misiaszek surrendered one earned run on three hits over four frames, and Wurtz, as has been the case throughout the early season, shutdown VCSU the rest of the way striking out five and allowing just two hits. Sophomore Ellie Cropley (SO/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) bashed a home run, and the offensive trio of senior Ashton Whited (SR/Elkhorm, Neb.) (Elkhorn, Neb.), junior Carson Cameron (JR/Herman, NE) (Herman, Neb.) and freshman Taylor Richter (FR/Rock Valley, IA) (Rock Valley, Iowa) each doubled.
Mside had to fight off a Comets’ rally in the second contest. Trailing 3-1 after two and a half, MSU posted a two-run third for a 3-3 tie. The match-up stayed that way until the seventh when Cameron, off to a white-hot plate start (.520 batting average), launched a three-run bomb after a pair of opposition errors, and sophomore Morgan Nixon (SO/Omaha, NE) (Omaha, Neb.) singled in a score. Mayville St. attempted a second comeback in their half of the inning, but junior pitcher Alex Nelson (JR/Sioux Falls, SD) (Sioux Falls, S.D.) worked around a solo homer to seal the decision.
The Maroon (8-0) travel to the Kansas City, Mo., area for a pair of doubleheaders against Benedictine University of Kansas and Avila College of Missouri Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 29 and March 1.