The Missouri Western Griffons swept their series against Wayne State last Wednesday at Heritage Park.
The Griffons just squeaked by in the first game, winning 2-1. Western was led by Allison Jones, who continues to improve as the season progresses. The Griffons starting pitcher went seven innings, giving up one hit and zero earned runs. She also struck out seven batters in what may have been her strongest performance of the season. Allison Jones now has a (5-5) record.
On the offensive side of things, the Griffons had a little bit of trouble getting the bat on the ball. They were only able to string together six hits and two runs. There were no players able to get more than one hit in what turned out to be a pitcher’s dual.
Samantha Hudson and Becky Diehl were responsible for knocking in the runs for the Griffons. Missouri Western had three errors in the game, one in which led to Wayne State’s only run.
In the other dugout pitcher Katie Goetzinger didn’t pitch too shabby either. The pitcher from Wayne State went six innings, giving up six hits and one earned run while also striking out seven.
Wayne State third baseman Brittany Greenwood was the only player able to string together a hit for the Wildcats.
In the second game, it was a lot of the same for the Griffons with another pitcher dominating out in the circle. Jonnelle Bleger went seven innings for the Griffons give up four hits, zero earned runs and also had seven strikeouts. Belger improved to 8-6 as the Griffons took game two 3-1.
Western was able to string together seven hits in this game from six different players. Catcher Keri Lorbrt was the only Griffon able to get on base twice as she went 2-3 on the day with an RBI. Kasey Smith and Maegan Roemmich drove in the Griffons other two runs.
For Wayne State, Amber Baird and Michele Hogan each went three innings giving up a combined seven hits and two earned runs. Both pitchers had three strikeouts as the two teams combined for 27 strikeouts in the doubleheader. Center fielder Amy Sandstrom of Wayne State was the only Wayne State player to reach base twice, while infielder Hannah Engelkamp drove in the only run of the game.
Missouri Western improved to (14-14) on the season. They will next face Southwest Baptist in a double header on Friday, April 9 in Bolivar.