Nebraska Wesleyan remained in first place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference softball standings after extending their win streak to six games with a sweep over Dakota Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon (Apr. 25) in Mitchell, S.D.
NWU (21-7, 12-2) won their fourth extra innings game of the season with a 4-1 win in eight innings in the first game, then rallied to win game two 4-2.
In the top of the eighth in game one, after the leadoff batter grounded out, NWU got back to back singles by Lauren Bodfield and Melissa Blomstedt. A walk toAshley Stang loaded the bases for sister Heather Stang who gave the Prairie Wolves the lead with a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch brought in another run, followed by an RBI single by Anna Brownell to put NWU up 4-1 for the victory.
Alysia Wittmaack improved to 13-2 throwing a complete game allowing one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Bodfield was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a double. Ashley Stang drove in the Prairie Wolves only other run in the fourth inning on a fielders choice.
DWU (11-26, 6-14) led 2-1 heading into the sixth inning of game two before the Prairie Wolves rallied. Jessica Weingarten hit a two-run home run to put NWU up 3-2 in the top of the sixth. Marcia Kennedy gave NWU an insurance run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.
Abby Wilmes (7-1) got the victory on the mound for NWU as she threw a complete game allowing five hits and one earned run. She walked four, but also struck out four batters.
Dani Bryant and Bodfield each had two hits for NWU, as Bryant had a triple and two stolen bases.
Nebraska Wesleyan is right back in action on Monday night (Apr. 26) when they host the University of Sioux Falls beginning at 5 p.m., at University Place Park. NWU will honor its two senior members of the team between games.