Hastings College pounded out 20 hits in game one to defeat Nebraska Wesleyan 14-1 in five innings in game one, then took advantage of five Prairie Wolves errors to win game two, 3-2, and sweep the Great Plains Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday night (Apr. 23) at University Place Park in Lincoln.
It was the final home games for NWU and they honored their four senior members of the team between games. The four players competing in their final home game were Kim Salber, Steph Schuelke, Andrea Thorne and Kelsey Worley.
Nebraska Wesleyan actually led 1-0 in game one as Marcia Kennedy drove in Megan Beckstead who had doubled earlier in the inning.
The lead didn't last long as the Broncos plated four in the second, three in the third, six in the fourth and tacked on another in the fifth inning. Kayla Peltz was 5-5 and was a home run away from the cycle while driving in four. Whitney King was 4-5 with three RBI, and Sara Sidey was 2-4 with a home run.
Brenna Maguire took the loss on the mound for NWU as she gave up four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
NWU also led 1-0 in game two as Amy Peterson doubled the went to third on a single by Ashley Stang and scored on an errant throw in.
Starting pitcher Alysia Wittmaack held the Hastings batters in check the entire night allowing just three hits and striking out five while allowing no earned runs. However, the NWU defense struggled as they committed five errors, including two dropped fly balls to the outfield to allow runners to score.
The Prairie Wolves scored another run in the fifth on a single by Jenna Turner to drive in Dani Bryant, but they could not rally in the seventh.
NWU falls to 18-16 overall and 10-10 in the GPAC. The Prairie Wolves close the season this weekend with road games at University of Sioux Falls and Briar Cliff University.