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Wildcat Softball Splits Doubleheader With Augustana

Posted: 28 March, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sam O’Brien went 4 for 7 at the plate while Sara Scheffert pitched six strong innings to earn the win in the second game to lead Wayne State College in a Northern Sun Conference softball split at Augustana College Wednesday afternoon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The host Vikings won the first game 7-3 while the Wildcats came back to win the second game by an identical 7-3 margin.  WSC is now 10-6 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC while Augustana College is now 12-5 and 1-1 in league play.
            The first game saw Augustana College take advantage of five Wildcat errors as the Vikings posted a 7-3 win.  WSC trailed 2-0 after three innings, but scored three runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 3-2 lead.  Jordan King led off the inning with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.  Kelcie Bormann singled and crossed the plate on O’Brien’s single through the left side while Kaiti Williams had an infield single and scored on a bases loaded walk to Lexie Loos to account for Wayne State’s three runs.
            But Augustana tied the game with one run in the fourth and erupted for four runs in the fifth on three hits and one Wildcat error to pick up the 7-3 win.
            Augustana had seven hits in the game to six for WSC.  All six Wildcat hits were singles as O’Brien finished 2 for 3 with an RBI while King was 2 for 4 with a run scored.  Bormann and Williams also had hits for WSC.
            Kelcie Bormann (3-2) was tagged with the pitching loss despite allowing just two earned runs (seven total) in 4 1/3 innings on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  Freshman Sarah Macias worked the final 1 2/3 innings and had three walks without giving up a hit.
            The second game saw all nine Wildcat starters have at least one hit to lead a balanced 13-hit attack as WSC salvaged a split with a 7-3 win over the Vikings.
            WSC opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning.  Megan Hagemann singled through the left side and scored on O’Brien’s double to right center with O’Brien scoring on an Alex Schmidt single. 
            Augustana tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the second, but WSC took the lead for good with a four-run third inning thanks to six hits.  Kylee Simpson’s two-run single was the big hit of the inning.  Kaiti Williams and Lexie Loos chipped in with RBI singles in the inning.
            WSC added another run in the sixth when Alex Schmidt reached on a third strike passed ball and later scored on a wild pitch for the Wildcat’s final run of the game.  Augustana closed out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning with one run to make the final score 7-3.
            The Wildcats had 13 hits in the game compared to five by the Vikings.  O’Brien was 2 for 4 with two doubles.  Kylee Simpson, Alex Schmidt and Kaiti Williams each had two hits with Simpson recording two RBI’s while Megan Hagemann crossed the plate twice for the Wildcats.
            Sophomore Sara Scheffert worked six strong innings to earn the pitching win, improving to 5-3 on the season.  She gave up just five hits and three runs with two strikeouts and five walks.  Kelcie Bormann recorded the final three outs to preserve the Wildcat win.
            Wayne State will be in action Friday and Saturday as the Wildcats will face MSU Moorhead Friday and Northern State Saturday.  The games, originally, were to be played in Moorhead, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota but due to unplayable conditions the contests will now be played in Wayne at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex with Friday’s doubleheader against MSU Moorhead starting at 2 p.m. while Saturday’s twinbill against Northern State starts at noon. 

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