Brenna Maguire singled back up the middle to drive in Kiersten Streff with the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth as Nebraska Wesleyan broke open a tie game and held on for the 5-4 victory over Concordia University in game two of a GPAC softball doubleheader on Wednesday night (Apr. 18) in Lincoln. The Bulldogs defeated the Prairie Wolves, 2-0, in the first game of the night.
In four GPAC doubleheaders this season, the Prairie Wolves have come away with splits in all four. NWU is now 10-14 overall, 4-4 in GPAC while Concordia is 12-14, 6-4 GPAC.
Nicole Sempek threw a complete game five-hit shutout in the first game for the Bulldogs.
Maguire was equally as impressive on the mound for NWU in the first game as she allowed just three hits. A pair of Prairie Wolves errors in the top of the sixth inning allowed Concordia to score two unearned runs and earn the victory.
The bats came alive for the Prairie Wolves in the second game as they pounded out 11 hits. Becky Bomberger and Lauren Bodfield both went a perfect 3-3 at the plate in game two.
NWU scored one run in the first inning as Bodfield doubled to drive in Bomberger. They added two more in the fourth inning with Bomberger hitting an RBI double and eventually scoring on a ground out by Ashalla Dyer.
Concordia tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth as Alyssa Bauwens hit a 3-run home run for the Bulldogs.
The Prairie Wolves retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Bodfield hit an RBI single to bring in Kayla Randel. Concordia answered in the top of the sixth to tie the game again.
In the bottom of the sixth, Megan Tieken led off with a single. Streff came in as a pinch runner and stole second. With two outs, Maguire sent a single right back up the middle to score Streff.
Maguire also got the win in game two as she pitched both games on the night. She allowed one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts.
The Prairie Wolves hit the road this weekend for a pair of GPAC doubleheaders at Morningside and Dakota Wesleyan.