The Nebraska Wesleyan University softball team climbed back over the .500 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep over Northwestern College on Friday in Lincoln. NWU won game one, 6-1, then took game two, 4-2.
The Prairie Wolves improve to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC, while Northwestern falls to 6-19 and 3-9.
Alysia Wittmaack struck out nine to get the complete game victory in game one. She allowed only four hits and one run to improve to 9-5. She also went over the 100 strikeout mark for the season, making her the second NWU pitcher to record back-to-back 100 strikeout seasons. She also had two RBI at the plate with a single.
Dani Bryant was 3-4 with an RBI and a stolen base to lead the Prairie Wolves. Jenna Turner had a two-run triple and Marcia Kennedy added a run scoring double.
The Prairie Wolves jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning of game two as Marcia Kennedy reached on a three base error that allowed Turner to score.
Kennedy then drove in two more runs with a double off the center field fence in the bottom of the third to put the Prairie Wolves up 3-1. Northwestern added a run in the fourth, but Wittmaack came in for relief and shut down the Red Raiders to pick up her first save of the season.
Brenna Maguire got the win on the mound going four innings allowing two runs on five hits.
NWU will be right back in action on Saturday when they host Colorado College in a nonconference doubleheader starting at 1 pm at University Place Park.