ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Tenth-ranked Missouri Western State extended its win streak to seven games with a two game sweep against Wayne State (Neb.), winning 3-1 and 3-0. The Griffons improved to 21-4 overall and are 4-0 in MIAA play.
The Griffons scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one, which proved to be enough. Western took the contest as Jackie Bishop stranded 10 Wildcats on base while scattering seven hits and striking out six. She improved to 11-1 with the win.
The Griffons started the bottom of the first with a Breanna Fleschner double to right center. Blair Stalder and Keri Lorber followed with singles as Fleschner gave Western the 1-0 lead. Taylor Anding got the Griffons’ fourth hit of the first inning, scoring Stalder for a 2-0 lead after one.
The Wildcats cut the lead to one in the third on a hit and Griffon error. Western responded in the fifth as Fleschner singled through the left side which scored Kat Steponovich to give Western the 3-1 lead.
In the sixth, the Wildcats loaded the bases but a fly ball to Fleshner in left gave the Griffons the second out. Fleschner then gunned out the runner trying to tag from third ending the Wildcat threat.
In the seventh, Bishop set down the Wildcats in order picking up the victory. Western had seven hits in the contest with Fleschner and Lorbert each collecting two.
The Wildcats had seven hits as Vicki Nielsen and Slone Masters each had two. Sara Scheffert went six innings giving up seven hits and two earned runs. She fell to 2-3 on the season.
Missouri Western senior first baseman Leah Steele went 2 for 3 in the nightcap with her second homer of the season with a two-run shot in the second.
That would be enough for Annalee Rubio as she picked up her third shutout and sixth consecutive victory going all seven innings giving up five hits while striking out two. She improved to 8-3.
Western scored its thrid run of the game in the sixth when Maegan Roemmich doubled to left center scoring Stalder.
Rubio stranded six Wildcats on base including two in the top of the seventh inning as Wayne State fell to 7-7 on the season. Western had seven hits in the game, including two by Stalder.