The Nebraska Wesleyan softball team got its 2012 season started on their spring break trip at the NTC Tournament in Clermont, Fla. NWU went 0-4 in the first two days of competition.
NWU opened play with a 2-1 loss to Indiana Tech on Sunday afternoon (Mar. 18). Later in the day the Prairie Wolves faced the No. 3 ranked team in the country as No. 3 Oklahoma City University defeated NWU, 9-0.
On Monday, Nebraska Wesleyan was swept in a doubleheader by Taylor University in scores of 12-4 and 5-3.
In the season opener, the Prairie Wolves started the season off right as they scored in the first inning of the game. Dani Bryant reached on an error, moved over on a sacrifice, advanced another base on a groundout then scored on an RBI single by Becky Bomberger.
Brenna Maguire had it going on the mound for the Prairie Wolves and looked to be in control. In the bottom of the fifth, she appeared to have struck out the side but a passed ball on the final strikeout allowed the batter to reach base. The next batter hit a home run to put Indiana Tech ahead 2-1 and that is how it would end.
High powered Oklahoma City improved to 23-3 overall as the Stars pounded out 12 hits and scored eight runs in the third inning to earn the 9-0 victory.
Against Taylor on Mar. 19, the Prairie Wolves led 4-2 after three innings, but Taylor scored seven runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead and hold on for the win. Maguire took the loss allowing 11 earned runs on 13 hits with eight strikeouts.
Jessica Weingarted led the NWU attack at the plate with a three-run home run. Bomberger was 2-3 with a double and RBI.
Taylor jumped ahead 2-0 in game two and held off the NWU rally. The Prairie Wolves pulled within 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but Taylor responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Jenna Beckner and Kayla Randel both had two hits for the Prairie Wolves.
NWU will take a day off then play SCAD Savannah in a doubleheader on Wednesday (Mar. 20).