Wayne State College used a three-run sixth inning and five innings of two-hit relief from freshman Sloan Cooksey to rally for a 4-3 win over Missouri Western Sunday afternoon at the 5-State Softball Classic in Topeka, Kansas. The Wildcats improve to 5-3 on the year while the Griffons drop to 3-7.
Missouri Western opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first with WSC matching the run in the top of the second as Ashley Hernandez doubled and scored on a single from Paiton Tornberg.
The Griffons produced two more runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 3-1 lead and the score stayed the same until Wayne State’s sixth inning rally.
Clare Reinhart singled with one out and scored on a two-run homer from Herandez to even the score at 3-3. Tornberg walked and later scored on a Molli Vasa single to left field for the go-ahead run.
Missouri Western threatened to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, recording two hits and having runners on second and third with just one out. But Cooksey got a foul out and fly out to left field to end the game as WSC held on for the 4-3 win.
Wayne State held a 7-6 edge in hits over Missouri Western. Hernandez went 2 for 3 with a homer, double and two RBI. Five other Wildcats had a single – Reinhart, Kamryn Sparks, Vasa, Tornberg and Emily Hale.
Cooksey (1-2) earned the pitching win for Wayne State with five innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits with one walk. Starter Hadley Chvatal pitched the first two innings and was charged with three runs on four hits with one walk.
Washburn built an early 3-0 lead and limited Wayne State to just five hits as the Ichabods blanked the Wildcats 3-0 Sunday afternoon at the 5-State Softball Classic in Topeka, Kansas. It’s the second win this season for Washburn over WSC as the Ichabods improved to 8-10 while WSC dropped to 5-4.
The Ichabods scored twice in the top of the first and one more in the top of the third for a 3-0 lead.
Wayne State got on the board in the bottom of the third as Kortney Buresh singled and crossed home plate on a Clare Reinhart single to make the score 3-1.
The Wildcats could manage just one hit the rest of the game as Washburn closed with the 3-1 win.
Washburn had eight hits in the game to five for the Wildcats. Reinhart led WSC in hitting going 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and RBI. Buresh singled and scored Wayne State’s lone run while Ashley Hernandez and Paiton Tornberg each singled.
Junior starter Maddie Moser (2-1) was tagged with the pitching loss, allowing three runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Freshman reliever Hadley Chvatal worked the final 4 2/3 innings and did not allow a run on two hits with one strikeout.
Wayne State was scheduled to play two more games Monday at the 5-State Classic but games were cancelled due to rain. The Wildcats are scheduled to play in the Drury Tournament at Springfield, Missouri Friday-Sunday, February 28, 29 and March 1.