The Nebraska Wesleyan softball team picked up another Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep on Saturday afternoon (Apr. 17) as the Prairie Wolves defeated Mount Marty College, 6-0, 7-1 at University Place Park in Lincoln.
NWU improves to 17-7 overall and 8-2 in GPAC play to remain in second place in the league standings.
Alysia Wittmaack continued her outstanding week of pitching performances by throwing a complete game two-game shutout in the first game. Wittmaack struck out eight, walked just one and did not allow a Mount Marty runner to get past second base.
Offensively, the Prairie Wolves scored a run in five of the six innings as they pounded out 11 total hits. They scored one run each in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings. The only inning with two runs was the bottom of the fourth.
The big hit of that fourth inning was the two-run double by Marcia Kennedy. Dani Bryant, Megan Beckstead and Jamie Jaques each had two hits apiece to pace the NWU offense.
In game two, Nebraska Wesleyan erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open a 2-1 game and give the Prairie Wolves the 7-1 win.
Brenna Maguire got the win for NWU going 5 2/3 innings allowing one run on six hits. Wittmaack came in to get the save as she retired the final four batters with two strikeouts. It was her second save of the season.
Krista Wearden was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a double to lead the NWU offense. Megan Beckstead and Lauren Bodfield also each added doubles.
Nebraska Wesleyan, winners of eight of their last nine, hopes to continue their winning ways on Sunday (Apr. 18) when they host GPAC rival Concordia University.