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Wayne State Softball falls to Drury and Southwest Baptist

Wayne State Softball falls to Drury and Southwest Baptist

Drury used a pair of six run innings to defeat Wayne State College 12-0 in five innings Friday afternoon at the Drury Softball Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. The host Panthers are now 7-4 following the win while Wayne State drops to 5-5.

The game was scoreless after 2 ½ innings when Drury opened the scoring with six runs on four hits while also taking advantage of three walks and a hit batter for a 6-0 lead.

Drury continued the momentum in the fourth inning with six more runs on five hits and one Wildcat error to finish with a 12-0 win.

Drury had a 10-4 edge in hits on the Wildcats. Four Wayne State players each recorded a single – Kim Vidlak, Clare Reinhart, Molli Vasa and Emily Hale.

Freshman starter Sloan Cooksey (1-3) suffered the pitching loss for the Wildcats, charged with six runs in three innings with four strikeouts and four walks. Maddie Moser and Makenna Adkison each pitched in relief.

After Wayne State beat Southwest Baptist three times in a span of 48 hours two weeks ago, the Bearcats got revenge on the Wildcat softball team Friday afternoon at the Drury Invitational in Springfield, Missouri with an 8-3 win. WSC falls to 5-6 on the year while Southwest Baptist is now 3-11.

Southwest Baptist opened the scoring with three runs in the first, but WSC got one back in the second on a solo home run from Kamryn Sparks to make the score 3-1 after two innings.

The Bearcats then scored five consecutive runs with one in the fourth, three in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh for an 8-1 lead.

Wayne State scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 8-3. Paiton Tornberg and Molli Vasa each singled with both players scoring when Kortney Buresh reached base on a Bearcat error to close out the scoring.

Southwest Baptist had 10 hits in the game to seven for the Wildcats. Sparks led WSC going 2 for 3 with a homer and double while Clare Reinhart was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles. Vasa, Tornberg and Emily Hale each singled.

Starting pitcher Sloan Cooksey (1-4) was tagged with the pitching loss in three innings of work. Junior Maddie Moser worked three innings of relief with sophomore Makenna Adkison pitching the final inning.

Wayne State will play two more games Saturday at the Drury Invitational, battling Northwest Missouri State at 10 a.m. and William Jewell College at 12 p.m.

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