SEWARD, Neb. – Midland University softball saw both of their starters go the distance as they swept Concordia University on Tuesday night on the road. Jaylee Hinirchs pitched 5.0 innings in a 9-1 run-rule victory in game one while Madison Plummer went 7.0 inning in a 12-2 win. Midland (22-11, 9-3 GPAC) moves into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Northwestern and Morningside while Concordia (16-16, 5-7 GPAC) falls into a tie with Dordt for seventh place.
The Warriors got five hits in the 2nd inning of game one in route to a six run inning. Katlin Anders lead off the inning with a double and later scored on a single by Angela Brazil. Jamie Phares followed that up with a two RBI double that plated Bobbi Singleton and Bailey Hartman. Nicole O’Haver, Andrea Cespedes and Sierra Athow all picked up an RBI in the inning as well.
The 5th inning saw Midland put three runs on the board to force the potential mercy rule. Their three runs all came with two outs as Phares drove in her third RBI of the game with single. Alexis Oden would score next as Phares stole second and she came home on the throw. Then O’Haver singled home the ninth Midland run with single to second base.
Concordia would get a run in the bottom of the 5th but couldn’t cut the deficit to less than eight runs as the mercy rule was put into effect.
Game two saw another solid offensive output from the Warriors. They scored three runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, one run in the 6th and then capped off the sweep with five runs in the 7th.
Katlin Anders led the way with three RBI while Hartman and Athow each had a pair of their own. Tessa Kinart, Brazil, Oden, and Phares also added a RBI too. Phares’ RBI came on a solo home run in the 4th inning.
“I thought it was our best overall back to back games we’ve played all year,” commented head coach Mike Heard. “We’ve been working on committing to a process and developing consistency in our approach. It was nice to see some of that tonight. We still have a lot of things to clean up, but we took a step in the right direction.”
Up next for Midland is a matchup with Hastings (9-25, 3-7 GPAC) on Thursday in Fremont. The Warriors and Broncos will play a doubleheader at Christensen Field with the first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.