WAYNE, Neb. – No. 25 Missouri Western struggled offensively, losing a doubleheader to Wayne State 1-0 and 4-1 on Wednesday. Western managed just seven hits in the two games as it fell to 20-7 on the season.
Western struggled offensively in game one getting just two hits in the contest. Ashley Hudson and Keri Lorbert each recorded hits, both in the fourth inning. A pop up bunt, a foul out and a strikeout ended the threat.
The Wildcats had five hits with two coming in the second inning. Samantha Earleywine led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a Rachel Dukich sacrifice bunt. Earleywine scored on a double by Jennifer Radley giving the Wildcats all the runs they would need.
Katie Goetzinger improved to 8-3 giving up two hits while striking out 13 Griffons in the complete game shutout. Earleywine led the charge offensively going 2-3 with a run scored.
Jackie Bishop fell to 12-2 on the season, going six innings giving up five hits and one earned run.
Three errors in game two cost the Griffons as Jonnelle Belger gave up just one earned run in six innings of work. Belger gave up six hits while striking out four in the loss. She fell to 8-4 on the season.
The Wildcats scored the first four runs of the ball game which included two in the second on two hits. They also capitalized on one Griffon error and left two on base. The Wildcats scored two more runs with one coming in the third and one in the fourth before the Griffons got on the board.
Western plated its first run when Leah Steele blasted her sixth home run of the season. The Griffons could not get anything going the rest of the way, falling 4-1.
Jordan Harris (1-0) pitched a complete game to earn the win for WSC, allowing five hits and one run with seven strikeouts and three walks. Hannah Engelkamp finished 2 for 2 with an RBI to lead the Wildcats at the plate. Dani Sandel, Aeriell Earleywine, Sam Earleywine and Jennifer Radley each singled for WSC. The Wildcats improved to 12-7 on the season.
Western scattered five hits and left six runners on base.