Lauren Bodfield hit her second home run of the day in the top of the ninth inning to give Nebraska Wesleyan a 4-3 extra innings victory over Hastings College in the first game of GPAC doubleheader on Wednesday (Apr. 14) in Hastings, Neb. The Broncos came back to win game two, 11-4.
Bodfield hit a three-run blast to right field in the top of the fourth inning to give NWU a 3-1 lead, but Hastings came back to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth, then with one out Bodfield hit her second home run to right field to put NWU up. Hastings got the tying run to third base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Alysia Wittmaack got the final two outs including a strike out to end the game.
The Prairie Wolves were limited to just five hits in the game. Besides Bodfield's two homers, Melissa Blomstedt doubled and Dani Bryant and Jamie Jaques each added a hit.
Wittmaack got the win for NWU to improve to 9-2 overall. She went all nine innings allowing three earned runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts.
In game two, Marcia Kennedy hit a first inning home run to put NWU up 1-0. Hastings answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead.
Kennedy continued her hot bat in the top of the third with an RBI double. Bodfield then singled to drive in Kennedy and Ashley Stang hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Bodfield. NWU led 4-3 going to the bottom of the third when Hastings used three hits to score another run and tie the game.
NWU would manage just one hit the final four innings, while Hastings pounded out seven hits and scored eight additional runs to pull away for the big victory.
Brenna Maguire (0-4) took the loss for NWU as she allowed four earned runs and seven hits pitching the final three innings of relief.
The loss snapped the Prairie Wolves win streak at six games, marking the second six game win streak of the year. NWU is now 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the GPAC.
NWU is back at home on Thursday to host the College of St. Mary in nonconference action.