Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Nebraska Wesleyan took advantage of a Buena Vista error then Brenna Maguire hit a game-winning infield single to drive in Lisa Kopf as the Prairie Wolves came back to defeat the Beavers, 3-2, in game two of a softball doubleheader on Tuesday (Apr. 3) at University Place Park in Lincoln. Buena Vista won game one of the doubleheader, 2-1.
It looked like BVU would take both games of the doubleheader with identical 2-1 scores as NWU trailed heading to the seventh. Becky Bomberger led off with a single to left field. Jessica Weingarten then sacrificed the runner to second. Ashalla Dyer hit a ground ball to shortstop and the throw was missed by the BVU first baseman allowing pinch runner Kiersten Streff to score and tie the game. Dyer advanced to second on the play. Anna Brownell grounded out to the pitcher allowing pinch runner Kopf to move to third. Maguire hit a bouncing grounder up the middle for the game-winner.
NWU (4-10) had plenty of chances in the second game as they left 11 runners on base. They scored first in the second inning as Brownell doubled and scored on a single by Kayla Randel. NWU pitcher Megan Cottier held BVU at bay allowing just six total hits. The Beavers two runs both came in the fifth inning.
In the opening game, BVU scored a run in the first inning and another in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. NWU was held without a hit through the first four innings of the game. They finally got a hit in the fifth as Maguire got a hit but eventually got thrown out at home trying to score on Randel's single.
Jenna Beckner led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Becky Bomberger's single to cut the lead in half. That was all the runs the Prairie Wolves would score.