INDIANOLA, Iowa | The Northwestern softball team won a pair of games against Simpson in a non-conference doubleheader at the Simpson Softball Complex here Thursday.
Northwestern won the first game 8-0 in five innings with Kayla Tindall earning the win. Tindall pitched a two-hit shutout with three walks and three strikeouts. Jaclyn Smith went 3-for-4 from the plate and drove in two runs. Cheyenne Wilcke and Jensen Boger both had a pair of RBIs. Jessica Rayela went 3-for-3 with a double.
Northwestern (20-17) won the second game 5-2 with Morgan Means earning the win. Means pitched a complete game and allowed four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out two. Jessica Sandbulte hit a two-run double, Madison Beaver hit an RBI-double and Emily Sones drove in one run. Wilcke also doubled.
DAKOTA WESLEYAN 2-5, BRIAR CLIFF 1-1: The Briar Cliff softball team dropped a pair of games to Dakota Wesleyan in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader on Thursday in Sioux City.
Dakota Wesleyan won the first game 2-1 with Sierra Haage earning the win. Haage pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits, one run, one walk and struck out six batters. Elise Sutherland came off the bench in the seventh inning to pinch hit and belted a two-run homer for the Tigers. Mikaela Rodriguez scored the lone run for Briar Cliff on a passed ball in the second inning. Summer Williams pitched a complete game and took the loss for the Chargers. Williams allowed seven hits, two runs, one walk and struck out one.
Dakota Wesleyan (14-27, 4-6) won the second game 5-1 with Lorissa Loeppky earning the win. Loeppky pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits, one run, one walk and struck out two. Loeppky also went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI. Ashley Del Alto drove in the lone run for Briar Cliff (8-23, 2-10) on a ground-rule double that scored Brenna Oliver.
CENTRAL 2-10, BUENA VISTA 0-5: The No. 12 Dutch got a shut out in the circle from pitcher Karly Olson in the opening game of an Iowa Conference double-header sweep in Pella, Iowa Tuesday.
Olson was called upon in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and no out clinging to a 7-5 lead and induced a pop up before striking out the next two batters to end the threat. Abbie Voas hit a solo home run in the opener to break a scoreless tie in the opener.
BVU's Keely Bycroft took the loss in the first game, allowing just four hits and striking out three. Bycroft had three hits and drove in a run in the second game for Buena Vista (14-12 overall, 2-4 IIAC). Central is atop the Iowa Conference at 4-0 and 24-4 in all games.