FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s softball team stayed hot over the weekend as the Warriors swept a pair of conference foes and improved their winning streak to 13 games.
The No. 21 Warriors (16-4, 6-0 GPAC) made easy work of the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Friday before doing the same with the (RV) Jamestown Jimmies on Saturday. In all, Midland outscored its opponents 27-3 in four games.
Senior Jaylee Hinrichs was brilliant as always in her game one start versus Dakota Wesleyan. She allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out 12 Tigers hitters en route to her eighth win of the season.
The only run Hinrichs allowed came on a home run for Amber Budmark in the third inning, her fifth of the season.
That lone run wasn’t nearly enough for Dakota Wesleyan as the Warriors connected for 14 hits and seven earned runs in the ball game. Brianna Brabec had two RBI base hits during the ballgame while Katlin Anders connected on a three-run home run in the fifth inning that was the highlight of the game for the Midland offense.
Angela Brazil and Sierra Athow each added RBIs in the game was the Warriors cruised to a 7-1 win.
In game two, freshman pitcher Hailee Fliam was just as efficient as she too only allowed one run to cross the plate for the Tigers. Fliam allowed back-to-back base hits in the third inning to Budmark and Karly Severance that resulted in the Tigers’ only run of the game.
Fliam allowed nine hits but walked just one batter as she earned the win and improved to 4-2.
In this game it was Athow that knocked in three runs by way of two RBI base hits and a sacrifice fly, leading the Warriors offense on their way to a 6-1 win and sweep of Dakota Wesleyan. Anders, Alex Van der Werf, and Shelbi Larson each added RBIs to the game two efforts.
That was it for Friday, but the Warriors didn’t stop there as they hosted Jamestown on Saturday.
Hinrichs was dominant in the circle yet again for the Warriors as she cruised to a one-hit, 11 strikeout performance, shutting out the Jimmies and improving her record to 9-2.
The game one star on offense was Angela Brazil and she contributed a pair of RBIs on a solo home run and a double in her first two at bats.
Jamie Phares added a home run of her own in game one, her first of the season, while Bobbi Singleton also added an RBI base hit as the Warriors won game one 5-0.
Game two didn’t start too hot for the Warriors or for Fliam, who started in the circle. After a pair of errors by the Midland defense, the Jimmies put two base runners on to start the ballgame. Mikayla Frost would score on an RBI fielder’s choice from Morgan Geizler as Jamestown took an early 1-0 lead.
Despite the rough beginning, Fliam wasn’t fazed and only allowed one hit in the game and never surrendered another run.
Midland responded right back in the first inning as the Warriors manufactured a run after Andrea Cespedes walked to lead off the inning. After a sac bunt and a groundout, Cespedes came in to score on a passed ball.
The Warriors would take the lead on a two-run double from Phares in the second inning, and added three more runs in the third inning as Singleton singled to left and Brazil belted her second home run of the day, this one a two-run homer.
Already with a sizeable lead, the Warriors ended the weekend in style as Singleton sent a three-run homer to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning, earning the Warriors a 9-1 win in five innings.
The win improved Fliam’s record to 5-2, making it her third win in as many outings for the freshman.
After allowing a combined three runs in four games, Hinrichs and Fliam rank first and second in the GPAC for the lowest individual ERAs at 0.87 and 1.58, respectively. Hinrichs’ ERA also ranks as the ninth-lowest in the country.
The Warriors have rolled off 13 straight wins, but they will have their work cut out for them this coming week as they play four more conference doubleheaders, all of which will be away from Christensen Field.
Midland starts the road slate with a doubleheader on Monday, April 8, in Sioux Center, Iowa against the Dordt College Defenders (12-13, 6-4 GPAC). The games are a reschedule from March 30. First pitch of game one is set for 4:00 p.m.