Alysia Wittmaack struck out 15 batters in the complete game victory in game one at Mount Marty College to lead the Nebraska Wesleyan softball team to a doubleheader sweep. Wittmaack now has 137 strikeouts on the season to set the new NWU single season record.
The Prairie Wolves won game one 7-1 behind Wittmaack's effort then came back to blank the Lancers, 8-0, in five innings in the second game. NWU now has won six straight games to improve to 16-10 overall and 8-4 in the GPAC. The Prairie Wolves now are fifth in the GPAC standings, just one game out of first place.
Wittmaack allowed a run in the first inning as the Lancers jumped out to a 1-0 lead. She then settled in to allow just five total hits while striking out 15. She passes Ashley Tiedgen, who set the strikeout record with 125 in 2008, for the NWU single season record. Wittmaack now has 256 career strikeouts to rank third after only 1 1/2 seasons. She needs just 14 more to set the career record held by Tiedgen.
Game one was close until the fifth inning when NWU exploded for six runs. Marcia Kennedy had a two-run double, Ashley Stang had an RBI double, Jenna Turner drew a bases loaded walk and the Prairie Wolves took advantage of two errors.
Kennedy finished 3-4 with two RBI and Megan Beckstead was 2-4 at the plate.
In game two, NWU used three Mount Marty errors to score five runs in the top of the second inning. The Prairie Wolves did have three hits, including an RBI single by Dani Bryant.
Steph Schuelke had an RBI double in the fifth to give NWU the 8-0 lead and help end the game due to the run rule. Schuelke had two doubles on the day to lead the NWU offense. Kennedy was 1-2 with two RBI.
Brenna Maguire got the win on the mound allowing just four hits and striking out six in five innings.
NWU is right back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Seward, Neb., to take on GPAC rival Concordia University at 5 pm.