Late inning home runs decided both games in an NSIC softball doubleheader Thursday night between #13 Minnesota State and Wayne State at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex in Wayne. Minnesota State’s Jess Meidl hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to give the Mavericks a 10-9 win in the opener followed by Wayne State’s Katelyn Wobken hit a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the sixth in the second game to give the Wildcats a thrilling 6-5 win over the Mavericks to earn a split. MSU is now 22-6 and 3-1 in the NSIC while WSC is 7-16 and 1-3 in league play.
The opener saw Minnesota State hit a two-run homer with two out in the top of the seventh inning to give the Mavericks a wild 10-9 win over the Wildcats.
WSC took a 2-0 lead in the first on a solo homer from Katelyn Wobken and RBI fielder’s choice by Rachel Shumaker.
MSU tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth, but WSC regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth on Emily Chandler’s RBI single.
Minnesota State erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth for a 7-3 lead, but WSC matched the Mavericks with five runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead at 8-7. Chandler’s three-run double was the key hit of the inning along with an RBI single from Baylee Rial.
Both teams scored one run in the sixth inning with Wayne State’s run coming on a Jordyn Breitbarth RBI single giving the ‘Cats a 9-8 lead entering the seventh.
The Mavericks then handed WSC a heartbreaking loss as Jess Meidl connected for a two-run homer over the centerfield wall giving MSU the 10-9 lead. WSC went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
WSC had 11 hits in the contest, led by Chandler going 3 for 5 with a double and four RBI. Wobken was 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBI.
Relief pitcher Alyx Hagen (1-3) was tagged with the loss in the seventh inning. Starter Maddie Moser worked four innings with sophomore reliever Allison Niemeier pitching one inning.
The second game saw WSC rally in dramatic style with Wobken’s solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to earn a split with a 6-5 win.
The Mavericks opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead.
Wayne State came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to even the score at 2-2 as Rachel Shumaker recorded an RBI double while Emily Chandler reached on a fielder’s choice to bring in another run.
The ‘Cats took the lead for good at 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a two out solo homer from Jordyn Breitbarth.
WSC took advantage of two MSU throwing errors in the fifth to score two more runs for a 5-2 lead. Baylee Rial’s leadoff single was the lone hit of the inning. Abbie Hix hit a fielder’s choice to shortstop and the throw home was errant resulting in Rial and Chandler (fielder’s choice) both scoring.
Minnesota State tied the score with three runs in the top of the sixth on a pair of walks and a Wildcat throwing error and two hits that scored the three runs.
Wobken then came through for the ‘Cats in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out solo homer to left center field giving Wayne State the thrilling 6-5 win.
WSC had nine hits in the game. Breitbarth was 2 for 3 with a homer and two runs scored. Alyx Hagen was 2 for 2 while Baylee Rial was 2 for 4. Wobken homered while Shumaker had a double.
Junior Riley Vanderveen (4-7) picked up the win in relief after starting the contest. She worked six innings total and gave up two runs on eight hits. Freshman Maddie Moser worked one inning of relief and was charged with three unearned runs on two hits with two walks.
Wayne State will host Concordia-St. Paul Friday in a doubleheader starting at noon at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex.