Nebraska Wesleyan erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 6-1 victory over Midland Lutheran College in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday night (Apr. 9) in Lincoln, Neb. However, the Warriors scored four runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning to take game two, 5-3, to earn the split in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) doubleheader.
The Prairie Wolves (14-10, 4-6 GPAC) posted three hits in the sixth inning in game one as Ashley Stang, Megan Beckstead and Klancy Nixon each drove in a run. NWU led 2-1 heading into the inning after scoring one run in the second and the fifth.
The Warriors (15-9, 6-4) scored their only run of the game in the third inning as Ashley Tiedgen held the Warrior batters in check. Tiedgen (8-4) allowed just four hits and one earned run in the complete game victory.
In game two, Erin Starkey hit a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning to score Kim Salber to give NWU a 2-1 lead heading to the seventh inning.
Midland Lutheran got a lead-off infield single in the seventh, but back-to-back popped up bunts had the Warriors down to their last out. NWU pitcher Alysia Wittmaack then struck out Natalie Meduna for the apparent third out, but the ball got away from the catcher and the inning was extended. Another infield single then loaded the bases for Sara Bunn who hit a rocket off third baseman Erin Starkey to tie the game. Nichole Hraban then hit a three-run double to left field to give the Warriors a 5-1 lead.
NWU did score one run in the seventh and had the tying run at second base but couldn't complete the rally.
The Prairie Wolves are now prepared for another busy weekend of GPAC softball. NWU travels to Sioux Center, Iowa on Friday to face Dordt College, then returns home to host Mount Marty College on Saturday and the University of Sioux Falls on Sunday. NWU will honor its senior players on Sunday in the final home game of the 2008 season.