A five-run fifth inning propelled Nebraska Wesleyan into the lead and they would hold on for a 10-6 victory over Dakota Wesleyan in game two of a GPAC softball doubleheader on Sunday (Apr. 22) in Mitchell, S.D. DWU won game one easily, 9-1, in five innings.
With the split, the Prairie Wolves now stand at 11-17 overall and 5-7 in GPAC play. They are currently alone in eighth place in the league standings, with the top eight teams qualifying for the GPAC Postseason Tournament. NWU has four GPAC doubleheaders remaining in the next week.
DWU (16-23, 9-5 GPAC) pounded out 12 hits and nine runs as they cruised to the 9-1 victory in the opener. The Prairie Wolves were held to just four hits in the game. The only run came in the second inning as Anna Brownell had an RBI triple.
Dakota Wesleyan also jumped ahead 1-0 in the second game after the first inning. Becky Bomberger hit an RBI double in the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1. Jessica Weingarten got an RBI single in the fourth to put NWU up 2-1.
DWU answered with two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
From there, the Prairie Wolves would get the bats rolling as they had six hits and scored five runs in the top of the fifth. Brownell hit a 2-run double, while Megan Tieken and Dani Bryant each had RBI singles.
The Prairie Wolves didn't stop in the sixth inning as they scored three more runs in the top of the sixth. Brenna Maguire hit an RBI single and NWU took advantage of three DWU errors to plate two more runs.
Maguire got the victory allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts.
Nebraska Wesleyan will host Doane College on Wednesday (Apr. 25) for senior night and the Strike Out Cancer game.