FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s softball team continued their hot streak as they swept Dakota Wesleyan University on Sunday to run their win streak to eight games. The Warriors relied on solid pitching in game one for a 6-1 win and then saw their bats come alive in the second as they won 8-0 in five innings. Midland’s record moves to 28-11 (10-4 GPAC) with a pair of conference games left while Dakota Wesleyan falls to 10-21 (6-12 GPAC) with two games left as well.
The series, which was originally scheduled to take place in Mitchell, South Dakota, were move to Christensen Field after the Tigers were unable to make their field playable after a spring snowstorm swept through the region last week. DWU still served as the home team for the games.
Game one saw a pitching duel early on as both teams found it challenging to get hits much less runs. Midland struck first with three runs in the 4th. Two of which came as Angela Brazil reached base on an error and third on a double by Alexis Oden. The Tigers would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Midland would keep the Tigers in check the rest of the way though while they plated three more to seal the win. Bobbie Singleton had an RBI single in the 5th while Oden had her second RBI of the game as she earned a walk in the same inning. Singleton homered in the 7th as well to finish with 2 RBI in the game.
Jaylee Hinrichs earned the win, her 17th of the year, while striking out 11 batters and allowing five hits and one run.
In game two the Warriors jumped all over the Tigers’ starter as she failed to record an out before being replaced in the first inning. Midland scored six runs in the inning on nine hits as they sent 11 batters to the plate.
In the inning Sierra Athow started the scoring with a two RBI double. Katlin Anders and Singleton followed suit with both recording a RBI single. Jamie Phares then hit a two RBI single to put the game out of reach.
The Warriors would score two more in the 2nd inning as Hartman and Singleton both singled home a run each.
Madison Plummer picked up the win for the Warriors, her ninth of the season. She allowed five hits in the shutout.
“I didn’t think we played our best softball over the weekend,” head coach Mike Heard stated. “I thought our pitching was very good and carried us through some inconsistent offense. I was really happy though with how they continued to play hard, compete and found was to get it done. Learning to win even when we’re not at our best is a big step forward for this team.”
Midland will round out their regular season as they host Doane (23-17, 7-7 GPAC) for doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Christensen Field. The Warriors will honor their senior class in between games with the first game slated to start at 1:00 p.m