SIOUX CITY | With first place in the GPAC on the line Rachel Henks came up big.
Henks, the reigning GPAC pitcher of the week, threw a pair of three-hit shutouts as Morningside downed Northwestern 2-0 and 3-0 in Sioux City Tuesday.
Henks, who improved to 21-5 on the season, struck out 10 in the opener while walking just one.
The only runs in the game came in the third inning when Mara Amsberry hit a one-out double to center field and Tracey Edwards followed one out later with a double of her own to score Amsberry. Abby Conner then walked and scored on Rachel Koch's double.
The Mustangs got six hits off of Northwestern's Kayla Tindall. She struck out five and walked three.
The second game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the seventh inning when Moriah Bohlmann singled, McKenzie Anderson reached on an error and Amsberry followed with a walk-off homer to right field.
Henks struck out four and did not issue a walk in addition to the three hits.
The sweep gives Morningside a two-game cushion at the top of the standings over three teams.
WAYNE STATE 7-2, SIOUX FALLS 5-5, Sisters Melanie and Monique Alyea combined for seven hits and Melanie drove in four runs to lead the Wildcats to a win in the first game of a Northern Sun Conference doubleheader in Sioux Falls Tuesday. The Cougars came back to win 5-2 in the nightcap and earn a split of the games.
Melaine Alyea hit a two-run double in the second inning to give Wayne State a 3-0 lead in the opener then drove in two more with another double in the fifth inning that ended up being the decisive runs. Katelyn Wobken also had three hits in the first game for the Wildcats, who had 19 hits and at least one from every batter.
The Wildcats carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning of the nightcap, but Sioux Falls tied that game with a run in the fifth then took the lead on a two-run home run from Emma Schifferle in the sixth. The Cougars are now 21-18 overall and 8-6 in the NSIC. Melanie Alyea and Rachel Shumaker had two hits each in the second game for Wayne State (8-30 overall, 2-12 NSIC).
WALDORF 4-3, DORDT 1-9: Hailey Heeringa and Carley DeRoin both hit home runs to help the Defenders take the second game of a non-conference college softball doubleheader Tuesday in Forest City, Iowa.
DeRoin led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to give the Defenders a 4-0 lead Heeringa added an RBI single later in the frame to give Dordt a five-run lead. Rachel Evavold pitched the first six innings to get the win in the nightcap.
Waldorf won the opener on a three-hitter by pitcher Kaylie Brindley, who fanned six to improve to 8-8 on the season. Dordt (15-14) scored its run in the first game on a sixth-inning RBI single by Summer Jansen.