The Nebraska Wesleyan softball team made a successful home debut on Thursday night (March 19) as they swept Dakota Wesleyan University in Great Plains Athletic Conference softball action at University Place Park. The Prairie Wolves won game won, 6-2, then took the nightcap 7-5, to start the GPAC season 2-0.
In the first game, NWU (8-4, 2-0) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 2-2 tie and seal the victory. Steph Schuelke had an RBI single and Baillee Holt had a pinch hit double to drive in another run before Jenna Turner added a two-run single.
Alysia Wittmaack continued her good pitching as she struck out 11 to get the complete game victory to improve to 6-3. She did walk her first batter of the season to start the sixth inning to snap her consecutive innings without a walk at 45.
Kelsey Worley hit her first home run of the season , while Schuelke was a perfect 3-3 at the plate.
In game two, DWU jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the third before the Prairie Wolves answered with a run of their own in the third as Jenna Turner took advantage of an error to get an inside the park homerun, the first of two on the night. She also rounded the bases in the fourth after her single went under the legs of the centerfielder.
The Prairie Wolves broke open the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Brenna Maguire got the win going 5.0 innings allowing three earned runs and striking out eight.
Turner was 2-3 with two RBI and Amy Peterson also added two hits.