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Wildcat softball & baseball earn splits

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Michelle Thille celebrates scoring a run against the University of Mary. Michelle Thille celebrates scoring a run against the University of Mary.
WAYNE, NE (KTIV) -

The Wayne State College softball team closed out the regular season Sunday with a split at home against the University of Mary as the Wildcats used a complete-game shutout from sophomore starter Sara Scheffert to win the opener 2-0 but fell in the nightcap 4-0 when the visiting Marauders scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning.  WSC is now 26-14 overall and 17-9 in the NSIC heading into next weekend's NSIC Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.

The first game saw Scheffert pitch a complete-game shutout while pinch-hitter Tiffani Housh came through with a clutch RBI single in the sixth inning to help the Wildcats win the opener 2-0.

WSC scored in the third inning when Michelle Thille led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kylee Simpson.  Thille advanced to third on Jordan King's single and scored on a Mary throwing error to give WSC a 1-0 lead.

The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when WSC added an insurance run for a 2-0 lead.  Sam O'Brien reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a Lexie Loos single.  Tiffani Housh then pinch hit for Megan Hagemann and came through with a single down the right field line that scored O'Brien for the 2-0 advantage.

That's all the support needed for Scheffert, who improved to 15-6 on the season with the shutout win.  She allowed six hits while striking out four and walking one.

WSC had eight hits in the first game to Mary's six.  Vicki Nielsen was 2 for 3 with a double while Jordan King added two singles.  Lexie Loos, Sam O'Brien, Michelle Thille and Tiffani Housh each added singles in the win.

The second game saw Mary score four runs in the top of the seventh inning on three hits and one Wildcat error as the Marauders salvaged a split with the 4-0 win.

Mary held an 8-5 edge in hits over WSC in the second game.  Kylee Simpson was 2 for 3 with a double to lead WSC in hitting while Loos was also 2 for 3 with a pair of singles.  Michelle Thille had the other Wildcat hit with a single.

Reliever Cassy Miller (4-2) suffered the pitching loss replacing starter Kelcie Bormann.  She worked three innings and allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts. 
 
Wayne State will play in the 2013 NSIC Softball Tournament scheduled to be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 2-4 in Rochester, Minnesota with pairings to be announced Sunday night by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota.

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Junior right hander Michael Frericks fired a complete game five hitter with nine strikeouts to carry Wayne State in a 3-1 win over #11 Minnesota State Sunday afternoon to salvage the final game of a four-game NSIC baseball series that concluded at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex in Wayne.  Minnesota State won the opener 8-1 and is now 29-8 and 18-4 in the NSIC while Wayne State sports records of 25-13 and 17-7 in league play following Sunday's split.

The first game saw Minnesota State hold the Wildcats to just four hits as the Mavericks cruised to an 8-1 win.  MSU scored two runs in the second, three in the third and fifth innings while WSC avoided a shutout in the sixth inning with a single run.  Blake Brisson reached on a fielding error and advanced to third on Kevin Andersen's single before scoring on a wild pitch to avoid the shutout loss.

MSU had 10 hits in the first game to Wayne State's four.  Andersen finished 2 for 3 at the plate while Brandon Lalk and Curtis Bussard each added singles.

Senior left hander Eric Schwieger (2-3) was tagged with the pitching loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  Bussard worked the final inning in relief and had one strikeout while allowing one hit.

The second game saw Frericks win his fifth straight start with an impressive complete-game effort to carry the Wildcats in a 3-1 win as Wayne State avoided the four game sweep to the Mavericks.

Frericks, a junior from St. Cloud, Minnesota (Apollo HS), struck out nine batters and allowed just one run on five hits to shut down the Maverick offense.

WSC scored single runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead.  In the first, Curtis Bussard led off with a single and scored on CJ Nolen's single to right field for a 1-0 lead.  In the second, Justin Beranek singled and scored on Brett Keim's double down the left field line for a 2-0 Wildcat advantage.

After Minnesota State scored in the top of the sixth to trim the WSC lead to 2-1, the ‘Cats countered with a run in the bottom of the inning as Kevin Andersen belted a solo homer to left field to round out the scoring giving WSC the 3-1 win.

Wayne State had eight hits in the second game to MSU's five.  Keim was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI while Nolen was also 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and RBI for the Wildcats.  Justin Beranek added two singles while Andersen had a solo homer for WSC at the plate.

Wayne State will be in action again Wednesday afternoon hosting Upper Iowa in a Northern Sun Conference doubleheader set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Pete Chapman Baseball Complex.
 
Courtesy: Wayne State Media Relations
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