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LEESBURG, Fla. -- Wayne State College used a key two-run single in the sixth inning from freshman Ashley Hernandez and a complete game pitching performance from junior Riley Vanderveen as the Wildcats opened their annual Florida Spring Break Trip Sunday morning with a 4-2 victory over No. 6 West Virginia Wesleyan at the National Training Center Spring Games played at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.

West Virginia Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo homer and the score stayed that way until the Wildcats struck for four runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Rachel Shumaker started the rally with a run-scoring single that brought home Emily Chandler to tie the score at 1-1. With two outs, Hernandez came through with a two-run single that scored Chandler and pinch-runner Sarah Hunter for a 3-1 Wildcat lead. Hernandez then scored when Annie Grammer reached on an error for a 4-1 WSC lead.

West Virginia Wesleyan made the game interesting in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run while loading the bases. But Vanderveen got the final out on a pop up to first to end the game giving WSC a 4-2 victory.

ASHLAND 13, WAYNE STATE 8: Ashland University snapped a 5-5 tie with a seven-run fifth inning as the Eagles topped Wayne State College 13-8 Sunday morning in a non-conference softball game. Ashland is now 4-2 on the year with WSC dropping to 2-5.

WSC built a 5-0 advantage after two innings. Rachel Shumaker had an RBI single in the first while Emily Chandler belted a three-run homer to highlight the second inning for a 5-0 Wildcat lead.

But Ashland came back with three runs in the third, two more in the fourth and a seven-run fifth inning to take control of the game.

The Wildcats plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth, two coming on a Jordyn Breitbarth home run and the other on a Ashland error.

GRAND CANYON 12, USD 3: Grand Canyon catcher Niki Gonzalez hit a grand slam in the first inning and added a two-run double in the second to lead the Lopes to a 12-3, five-inning win against South Dakota Sunday on the final day of the Grand Canyon Classic.

The win avenged Grand Canyon’s 10-1 loss to South Dakota two days ago. The Lopes totaled just eight hits, but took advantage of four Coyote errors and five free passes. Alexa Coons pitched all five innings for Grand Canyon to improve to 6-1. She allowed three runs on four hits and struck out three.

Jessica Rogers had a two-run triple in the top of the fourth that put South Dakota on the board. She scored USD’s third run one batter later on a base hit by Lauren Wobken. Rogers was 9-for-13 in five games in Phoenix with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored.

South Dakota (6-15) will go to Tempe, Arizona, Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest with Arizona State.


MORNINGSIDE GOES 2-0: Fifteenth-ranked Morningside went 2-0 in Saturday’s action at the Friends Invitational softball tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

The Mustangs opened the day with a 7-1 victory against Bethel and finished with a 13-5 triumph over tournament host Friends.

The Mustangs banged out 13 hits in their opening game victory against Bethel. Six of the hits came in the top of the third inning when the Mustangs scored the first three runs of the game. The Mustangs opened the inning with back-to-back doubles by Ashton Whited and Rachel Macias to take a 1-0 lead. Macias went to third on a single by Cortney Joiner and came home on a single by Tracey Edwards. Joiner eventually scored the third run of the inning on a RBI single by Lexie Stolen.

Mackenzie Lose singled and scored on an error in the fourth inning and Carson Cameron singled and scored on a single by Whited in the sixth inning.

The Mustangs capped their scoring when Abby Conner blasted a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the seventh. 

Morningside took an early 4-0 lead against Friends when it scored two runs in each of the first two innings.

Edwards and Stolen singled and scored on RBI singles by Conner and Lose in the top of the first.

Morningside stretched its lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth when Conner led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Rebecca Riley.

The Mustangs made it 10-0 with five more runs in the top of the sixth.

Mustang starting pitcher Hallie Misiaszek took a two-hit shutout into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Falcons scored three runs on three hits. Misiaszek allowed three runs on five hits over the first 5.1 innings to get the win. She walked two and struck out six.

Morningside will play a doubleheader against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma on Monday in Chickasha, Okla.


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