Becky Bomberger sent a blast over the right field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in three runs and give Nebraska Wesleyan a 7-6 lead and they would hold on for the victory over Doane College in an elimination game at the GPAC Postseason Softball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
NWU stays alive to the second day and will now face Morningside College on Friday (May 6) at 2 pm. The Prairie Wolves lost the opening game of the tournament, 3-2, to Midland University in extra innings sending them to an elimination game against Doane.
It did not look good for the Prairie Wolves in the game against Doane as NWU fell behind 6-0 after three innings. The Prairie Wolves finally got on the board in the third as Bomberger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Megan Tieken then drove in another run with a single.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bomberger hit a triple to right field to plate Beckstead and pull NWU within 6-3.
Brenna Maguire led off the sixth with a single but was still at first with two outs. Kayla Randel hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped by the outfielder to allow Maguire to score and put Randel at third. Megan Beckstead walked to bring up the red hot Bomberger who won the game.
Bomberger finished the game 2-3 with five RBI. Brenna Maguire got the win on the mound.
Game one was disappointing as all three Midland runs were unearned as the Warriors took advantage of four NWU errors. It took another late inning comeback to give the Prairie Wolves a chance.
NWU trailed 2-0 after three innings. In the bottom of the seventh, senior Heather Stang stepped to the plate and drove the ball to the right center gap for a two-run double to send the game to extra innings.
In extra innings, two errors by the NWU third baseman allowed Midland to plate a run and earn the win.
Tieken was 2-3 to lead the NWU offense in game one.