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Wildcat Softball Splits At UNK

Posted: 21 March, 2013

KEARNEY - Sophomore Kelcie Bormann went 4 for 7 at the plate with four RBI’s and four runs scored while pitching a complete game five-hitter with eight strikeouts in the second game to help the Wayne State softball team split at Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action played at Dryden Park in Kearney.  The host Lopers scored in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener 8-7 while Bormann’s pitching and hitting led the ‘Cats to a 6-1 win in the second game.  WSC is now 9-5 on the season while UNK is 6-14.

WSC could not hang on to a 7-4 lead in the opener as UNK rallied for an 8-7 win.  The ‘Cats took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on four hits and one Loper error.  Bormann had a two-run triple that scored Jordan King (double) and Kaiti Williams (walk) while Sam O’Brien produced an RBI single that scored Megan Hagemann (single) for big hits in the first inning. 

After UNK tied the score with four runs in the bottom of the second, WSC regained the lead in the top of the third scoring three runs.  Bormann accounted for an RBI single that scored Vicki Nielsen (reached on error) while O’Brien pounded her fourth home run of the season over the left-center field wall that scored Bormann to put WSC in front 7-4.  But UNK used a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the fifth to even the score at 7-7 and then won the game in the bottom of the seventh on Sarah Rome’s single that scored pinch-runner Makenzie Ault with the game-winning run.

Both teams had seven hits in the game.  O’Brien and Bormann each went 2 for 4 with three RBI’s to lead WSC at the plate as O’Brien homered while Bormann tripled.  Jordan King doubled while Hagemann and Kylee Simpson each singled for the Wildcats.

Freshman reliever Sarah Macias (1-1) suffered the pitching loss, allowing one run on two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout.  Starter Sara Scheffert worked the first four innings and was charged with seven runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The story of the second game was the pitching and hitting of Kelcie Bormann as the sophomore from Preston, Iowa carried the Wildcats to a 6-1 win helping WSC earn a split.

Bormann pitched a complete game five-hitter, striking out eight, while going 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored in the win. 

After UNK took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three hits, WSC grabbed the lead for good with four runs in the third inning on five hits.  Vicki Nielsen’s two-run double was the big hit of the inning while Bormann added an RBI single.
WSC added solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings to make the final score 6-1.  Bormann was hit by a pitch to open the fifth and later scored on Hagemann’s groundout while Bormann scored again in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Hagemann after leading off the inning with a single.

WSC had nine hits compared to five by UNK.  Nielsen was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI’s while Bormann finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored.  Kaiti Williams finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored while Simpson, Lexie Loos and Michelle Thille also had hits in the Wildcat victory.

Bormann improved to 3-1 on the season with her third complete game effort, allowing just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  
The Wildcats are scheduled to play this weekend at the Missouri Western Invitational in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Wayne State’s first game is Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against Lincoln University of Missouri with two more games Saturday and another two Sunday.

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