St. Cloud State 6, Wayne State 5
The Warriors opened the Rebel Spring Games in Florida with a loss, after surrenduring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to St. Cloud State.
Redshirt sophomore Brittany Omelanchuk singled to left field to begin the second inning, and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore outfielder Steph Foreman. Following a strikeout by senior catcher Rebecca Spaccarotelli, freshman second baseman Nikki Fulton smacked a single into the outfield to tally her first collegiate RBI.
Wayne State would up their lead in the following inning by adding a pair of runs. After back-to-back singles by juniors Lauren Histed and Alison Allen, infielder Rebecca Stanley went for a suicide squeeze and reached first base on a fielder’s choice. Junior Rebecca Ryan would also reach on a fielder’s choice, but Stanley would end up being tagged out at second base. Omelanchuk then stepped into the batter’s box, where she hit the ball up the middle to allow Allen to cross home plate.
In the bottom of the frame, St. Cloud State broke their scoring drought on a sacrifice fly following a series of three consecutive hits. With the bases loaded, Jordan Schaffer hit a pop-up to left field off of pitcher Sam Cain, tallying an RBI in the process.
Allen tallied her second home run of the campaign in the top of the fourth, smacking a two-run shot to left field to make it a 5-1 game.
St. Cloud State responded later in the inning by scoring five runs off of three hits, one of which was a grand slam by Mikalya Hogan.
Cain dropped to 0-5 as a starter, allowing six runs off of eight hits in six innings of work.
Allen went 2-3 with two RBIs and a home run, while Omelanchuk fared 3-4 at the plate. Ryan collected two hits in four at-bats, notching a double.
Mankato State 8, Wayne State 0
In the evening game, Wayne State was unable to avoid the sweep on the first day of their Florida trip, losing to No. 23 ranked Minnesota State-Mankato.
Omelanchuk was one of five Warriors to record a hit in the loss, going 1-2.
Freshman pitcher Lauren McLaughlin fell to 1-2 on year, surrenduring five runs on eight hits over the course of five innings. Fellow classmate Logan White allowed an additional three runs in one inning of relief.
Wayne State 4, Wisconsin-Parksdale 3
The Warriors rallied from a 1-0 deficit to compile four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to give Cain her first win this season.
A series of throwing errors worked to Wayne State’s advantage in the top of the fifth, as junior Lauren Histed reached home plate on a fielding mistake by catcher Kelly Krista. A passed ball then allowed White to score, giving the Warriors their first lead of the game. Following a strikeout by Stanley, Ryan reached first base on a fielding error by shortstop Ashley Sullivan, which gave Allen enough time to score an unearned run.
Wisconsin-Parksdale came within a run of tying the score in the sixth inning, thanks to Brittany Skada scoring off of Ashley Sullivan’s sacrifice fly.
The Warriors added an insurance run on White’s sac fly in the bottom of the frame, with freshman Amanda Burnard reaching across home plate.
Though Wisconsin-Parksdale was able to add a run in the seventh, their chances of reclaiming their lead ended on a double-play by pinch-hitter Colleen Cummings.
Foreman had a team-high two hits, while White went 1-2 with an RBI.
Cain fanned four batters in seven innings and surrendured three runs on eight hits.
Wayne State 3, Minnesota-Duluth 1
Wayne State overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the final two innings to extend their winning streak to two games.
With the bases full in the bottom of the first, Minnesota-Duluth took an early lead in the bottom of the first on a ground ball hit by Tyra Kerr that drove in leadoff hitter Michaela Goris from third base.
It wasn’t until the top of the sixth that Wayne State would score the equalizer. which came on an RBI double by Omelanchuk. Allen ledoff the frame, where she advanced to first after being hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Stanley allowed Allen to advance to second. From there, Ryan’s ground out to the shortstop brought up Omelnachuk, who sent the ball into left field.
Fulton was the first batter up to begin the seventh inning, where she reached first base on a fielding error. The next two Warriors went for a bunt, with one of them succeeding. Following a strikeout by Amanda Burnard, Allen came up to the plate with White at second and Fulton at third. Allen then singled towards left-center field to bring in the deciding runs.
Omelanchuk was the only Wayne State player to record multiple hits, faring 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a double.
McLaughlin fanned two batters in seven innings, while allowing five hits.
Wayne State, 10, Caldwell 0
The Warriors needed just five innings to win their third straight contest, tallying 11 hits in the process.
Allen scored what would turn out to be the game-winning run in the top of the first, scoring from third base thanks to a pop-up to centerfield by Omelanchuk.
Wayne State would score in bunches for the rest of the game, adding a trio of runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Ryan (2-3) and Omelanchuk (1-2) each recorded three RBIs apiece.
Cain pitched the entire game for the Warriors, striking out three batters on her way to earning a shutout.
Indianapolis 8, Wayne State 3
Down by a 4-0 margin to begin the bottom of the fourth, Wayne State came within a run of tying the No. 7 ranked Greyhounds with a three-run effort.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, that would be as close as they’d get to pulling off an upset, as Indianapolis added another run in the fifth before scoring three more in the top of the seventh.
Ryan, Omenalchuk and Histed each had two hits apiece, while Allen went 1-4 with an RBI.
McLaughlin gave-up eight earned runs off of 12 hits in seven innings of work.
Wayne State 4, Minnesota-Duluth 0
The Warriors grabbed their second win over Minnesota-Duluth in the Rebel Spring games on Wednesday, as Allen went 4-4 en route to tying the WSU career record for home runs with her two-run shot in the seventh.
Allen’s homer is her third of the season and 23rd of her career, tying the mark set by Amanda Jennings (1996-1999).
Stanley put Wayne State on the board in the third by slicing a single up the left side, allowing White to score.
Two innings later, the Warriors added an insurance run when Allen scored all the way from second base on a Ryan RBI single.
Cain recorded three strikeouts over seven innings to earn the shutout.
Wayne State 4, Wisconsin-Parksdale 0
Omelanchuk went 3-3 with a homer, a double and two RBIs to help the Warriors finish the day undefeated.
The two-run homer was the first of the season for Omelanchuk, who did it in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and Allen at third base, Omelanchuk stepped into the batter’s box and snet Jill Vondrak’s pitch over the left-center field wall.
Wayne State’s next run came in the ensuing frame, where White scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Allen.
Foreman recorded a one-out, RBI single in the third to bring Omelanchuk home all the way from second base.
McLaughlin pitched seven innings, allowing just three hits.
C.W. Post 4, Wayne State 0
On St. Patrick’s Day, luck was on Wayne State’s side up until the fifth and sixth innings, when the Pioneers chipped in two runs in each frame to end a two-game winning streak for the Warriors.
Omelanchuk was the only Wayne State player to record a hit, which came on a single to right field in the second inning.
Cain surrendured 11 hits on four runs to drop to 3-6 as a starter.
Wayne State 8, Adelphi 2
Five different Warriors tallied two hits apiece on Friday, as the Warriors recorded a total of 13 on their way to forcing a split on Thursday.
Foreman led the charge in the top of the first with a two-out single to centerfield that scored Allen from second base. Fulton then stepped into the batter’s box, where she made it two-in-a-row by hitting the ball in the exact same spot to send Ryan home.
Wayne State upped their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fifth, beginning with a bunt by White that sent the ball towards the third base-line. A throwing error would allow White to advance to second, which in turn sent Fulton to third base and Foreman to cross home plate. From there, Histed collected a pair of RBIs on a single to right field. Burnard, in turn, would send Histed home on a single to centerfield, but was tagged out at second base.
Despite a two-run effort by Adelphi University in the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors would respond by adding a pair of runs to begin the seventh.
Foreman (2-3) and Histed (2-4) each had two RBIs apiece.
McLaughlin gave-up seven hits and two earned runs, while striking out two batters in seven innings of work.
Indianapolis 9, Wayne State 4
Wayne State had a 4-1 advantage over the Greyhounds by the end of the fourth inning, but No. 12 ranked Indianapolis responded with eight runs over the final three innings to avoid the upset.
Fulton finished the game 3-4 with two runs and an RBI, while White went 3-3 while recording a run.
Wayne State 8, Stonehill 4
Ryan and Omelanchuk both went 3-4 at the plate to help the Warriors bounce back against Stonehill on Friday.
Despite being down 1-0 after the first inning, Wayne State responded with three runs in the second, before adding another trio of scores in the fourth.
Stonehill would cut the deficit in half with runs in the fifth and sixth, but a two-run triple by White in the seventh re-upped the Warriors’ lead.
With two outs, the Seahawks added one more run in the bottom of the seventh, but Wayne State forced any further damage by tagging out a runner at second base to end the contest.
Aside from Omelanchuk, White (2-4) and Burnard (1-2) each tallied two RBIs apiece.
McLaughlin pitched five innings to improve to 5-3, while Cain earned her first save of the spring.
Wayne State 5, C.W. Post 2
White led the way with a 3-4 performance, as the Warriors held onto their lead this time around against C.W. Post to begin their final day of the Florida trip.
Wayne State held a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Pioneers cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third on sac fly.
Allen’s single to right field with two outs made it a 4-1 game, as both White and Spaccarotelli scored.
Though C.W. Post was able to add another run in the bottom of the sixth, Foreman increased the scoring margin at the top of the seventh with an RBI double.
McLaughlin pitched a complete game to earn her second straight decision, fanning four batters along the way.
Wayne State 8, Augustana 1
The Warriors closed out the Rebel Spring Games by pulling off an 8-1 upset over No. 14 ranked Augustana to improve to 10-10 overall.
Omelanchuk began the day with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to give Wayne State a 2-1 lead in what would turn out to be the game-winning play.
In the ensuing frame, the Warriors padded their lead by adding six runs off of seven hits.
In addition to her home run, Omelanchuk went 4-4 with three RBIs and two runs.
Ryan tallied two runs on a 3-3 performance at the plate, while Spaccarotelli and Histed each notched a hit and two RBIs apiece.
Cain finished with three strikeouts over seven innings of work to improve to 4-7 overall.
Wayne State begins conference play March 25-27 with double-headers against Saginaw Valley State (3:30 pm Friday), Northwood (1 pm Saturday) and Lake Superior State (12 pm Sunday).