SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | The 10th-ranked Morningside softball team won a pair of games against Dordt in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader and Elin Landgren tied an NAIA record on Tuesday in Sioux Center.
The Mustangs won the first game 8-1 with Rachel Henks earning the win. Henks pitched a complete game and allowed five hits, one run, no walks and struck out two batters. Moriah Bohlmann went 3-for-4 from the plate with a double and three RBIs. Allie Martinez went 4-for-4 with an RBI-double and two total RBIs. McKenzie Anderson drove in a pair of runs. Michal Huizenga hit a solo homer for Dordt and scored the lone run.
Morningside (28-7, 10-2) won the second game 4-2 with Henks earning the win. Henks pitched another complete game and allowed six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five. Elin Landgren went 2-for-3 and had two RBIs. Abby Conner went 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Huizenga went 2-for-3 and drove in one run for Dordt (15-16, 8-6). Hailey Heering had an RBI-double.
Morningside’s Elin Landgren was hit by pitch twice in the first game, giving her 71 in her career. That ties her with Lindsey Krippel of Olivet Nazarene University for first in NAIA history.
BUENA VISTA 8-12, NEBRASKA WESLEYAN 2-5: The Buena Vista softball team won a pair of games against Nebraska Wesleyan in an Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Storm Lake.
Buena Vista won the first game 8-2 with Keely Bycroft earning the win. Bycroft pitched five innings and allowed three hits, no earned runs, two walks and struck out six batters. She also went 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and a solo homer. Taylor Frain went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Marissa Schmidt drove in a pair of runs while ReAnn Cappel went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Buena Vista (18-12, 6-4) won the second game 12-5 with Moriah Guyett earning the win. Guyett pitched a complete game and allowed six hits, five runs, three walks and struck out six. Autumn Boland went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Frain went 3-for-5 with a double and drove in one run. Bycroft went 2-for-4 with an RBI-double. Schmidt, Cheyanne Boland and Kennedy Colvert each drove in one run.
WAYNE ST. 8-0, UPPER IOWA 5-3: Senior Monique Alyea went 6-for-7 and sophomore Riley Vanderveen pitched five strong innings in the opener to lead Wayne State in a split of Northern Sun Conference softball against Upper Iowa Tuesday. WSC won the opener 8-5 but fell in the second game 3-0.
The opener saw the Wildcats build an 8-0 lead after three innings.
WSC scored four runs in the first innings on six hits, highlighted by run-scoring singles from Monique Alyea, Jordyn Breithbarth and Rachel Shumaker.
Upper Iowa got on the board with two runs in the fourth and made things interesting in the top of the seventh with three runs and had the tying run at the plate before the Wildcats escaped.
WSC had 13 hits in the win. Monique Alyea was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI. Melanie Alyea finished 2-for-3.
Vanderveen (2-11) earned the pitching win, allowing just two runs on nine hits in five innings of work.
The second game saw WSC outhit UIU 7-6, but the Peacocks scored three runs to salvage a split. The Wildcats are now 11-33 and 5-15 in the league while UIU is 16-26 and 8-12 in the NSIC.
MOUNT MARTY 5-8, BRIAR CLIFF 1-4: The Briar Cliff softball team dropped a pair of games to Mount Marty in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Yankton, S.D.
Mount Marty won the first game 5-1 with Amber Krasue earning the win. Krasue pitched a complete game and allowed two hits, no earned runs, seven walks and struck out five. Karlee Kozak went 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and a three-run triple. Ashley Del Alto and Bailey Nichols had the lone hits for Briar Cliff.
Mount Marty (17-24, 8-16) won the second game 8-4 with Brooke Becker earning the win. Becker pitched a complete game and allowed nine hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two. Kozak went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Jessica Wirth drove in two runs. Summer Williams drove in a pair of runs for Briar Cliff (8-25, 2-12). Danielle Ishii drove in one run.
DWU 8-4, NORTHWESTERN 3-3: Dakota Wesleyan scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game to down Northwestern 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Alize Martinez had a two run single for the big hit in the sixth for the Tigers.
Jessica Rayela had two hits and drove in a run to lead Northwestern.
Dakota Wesleyan (16-27, 6-6) won the second game 4-3 with Lorissa Loeppky earning the win. Loeppky pitched six innings of relief and allowed three hits, one run, four walks and struck out five. Melysia Ortega went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Karly Severance and Loeppky each drove in one run. Brianna Petrauskas went 2-for-3 with an RBI-double for Northwestern (20-19, 7-7). Jessica Rayela went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Mons Figueroa drove in one run.