Alysia Wittmaack threw a no-hitter in a complete game shutout victory with 11 strikeouts as Nebraska Wesleyan defeated Midland Lutheran, 2-0, in game one of a GPAC softball doubleheader on Tuesday night (Apr. 13) in Lincoln. The Prairie Wolves completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory in game two of the doubleheader.
NWU (14-6, 5-1 GPAC) scored on a Lauren Bodfield single in the first inning to go up 1-0, and that is all that Wittmaack would need as she dominated the Warrior batters. She just missed a perfect game as the leadoff batter reached on an error. The Warriors were retired in order the rest of the game as no other player reached base.
The second NWU run came in the fifth inning as Bodfield doubled to drive in Marcia Kennedy.
Wittmaack improved to 8-2 on the season and has now allowed only two earned runs in 23 innings of GPAC action this year.
Marcia Kennedy hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the first to give NWU an early 2-0 lead and they would hold on for the 2-1 victory in the nightcap. NWU pitcher Abby Wilmes allowed just three hits and no earned runs as she also shut down the Warrior batters.
Midland Lutheran (16-18, 6-6 GPAC) scored in the third inning as they took advantage of two NWU errors. Warrior pitcher Lyndsi Eckelberry held NWU to just three hits after the first inning, but the Warrior bats couldn't get going.
Four different NWU players had one hit on the night.
The Prairie Wolves just started their busiest week of the season as they will play 10 games in the next six days. They will travel to Hastings on Wednesday to play Hastings College.
Nebraska Wesleyan improved to 5-1 in the GPAC to sit in second place in the league standings.