The Nebraska Wesleyan softball team recorded a pair of doubleheader splits to end the 2011 regular season. On Friday at Sioux Falls the Cougars won game one 5-2, with NWU taking the nightcap 7-2. The same happened on Saturday at Briar Cliff as the Chargers were 5-2 winners in game one and NWU bounced back with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.
For the Prairie Wolves, the two losses take away any chances at a GPAC regular season title. The Prairie Wolves are second in the league standings at 27-7 overall and 15-7 in GPAC play. NWU will now head to the GPAC Postseason Tournament next week (May 5-7) at SYA Complex in Sioux City, Iowa. The winner of the postseason tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
Against Sioux Falls, the Prairie Wolves outhit the Cougars, 6-5, in game one but came up short. USF scored four runs in the second inning taking advantage of four NWU walks in the inning.
NWU scored its only two runs in the fifth inning as Kayla Randel hit a two-run double. She was the only NWU player with two hits in the game.
The Prairie Wolves led 5-0 in game two and cruised to the win. Jessica Weingarten was 2-3 with three RBI, while Randel and Marcia Kennedy both had two hits. Alysia Wittmaack got the win allowing nine hits and only one earned run. She struck out 10 and walked only one in the win.
It was the defense that let down the Prairie Wolves in the doubleheader at Briar Cliff. NWU committed four errors in each game.
BCU led 3-0 in game one and NWU could never recover from the deficit. Kennedy had a two-run double in the top of the third to pull the Prairie Wolves within one run, but that was the only runs of the game. Becky Bomberger was the only NWU player with two hits. Brenna Maguire suffered her second straight loss allowing 11 hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts. She falls to 11-4 on the year.
In game two, NWU pounded out 13 hits to overcome their four errors. Megan Beckstead was 3-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the NWU offense. Randel hit a solo home run for her first homer of the year. Melissa Blomstedt, Allison Yardley and Heather Stang all three had two hits in the game.
Wittmaack got another win on the mound as she scattered nine hits and allowed four runs, two earned in the complete game. She recorded four strikeouts which gives her 501 for her career. The all-time pitching leader at NWU now has 501 Ks and only 60 walks in 468.2 innings during her career.
NWU will now await pairings for the GPAC Tournament