WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College softball team met the MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers for the second time in four days for its home opener Wednesday afternoon. The Pioneers swept the Lady Builders, 12-1 and 6-0, at Broadway Sports Complex.
Game 1 – MidAmerica Nazarene 12, Southwestern 1 (5 Innings)
A series of late-game errors turned Wednesdays opener from a competitive contest into a run-rule loss for the Lady Builders. MNU scored 12 runs in its 12-1 win over Southwestern, but only five of those runs were earned.
Southwestern scored its only run in the third inning. With one out in the frame, Devan Howard belted a single to right field, then moved to second when Sara Blackburn lined out with a dribbler to second base. Howard went on to score when Kylea Wilson singled through the left side, but a fly-out ended the Southwestern threat.
Leading 4-1 at that point, MNU scored another run in the fourth, then added seven more in the fifth to bring the eight-run-rule into play.
Kylea Wilson finished 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Southwestern offense.
Alexis Del Toro was dealt her first loss of the season. The freshman allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work, and fell to 2-1 on the year.
Game 2 – MidAmerica Nazarene 6, Southwestern 0
Southwestern was limited to two hits, and dropped a 6-0 decision to the Pioneers in Wednesday's second contest. Lady Builder starter Rachel Baker had limited MNU to just one run through five innings of work, but the Pioneers solved the equation in the sixth, and added a pair of runs. Baker pitched one out into the seventh inning, and was replaced by Georganna Hopper, who finished the game.
Baker allowed six runs (three earned) on 10 hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work, and fell to 1-2 on the season.
After the sweep, Southwestern falls to 3-4 on the season. The Builders will return to action Friday, traveling to Shawnee, Okla., to challenge the Bison from Oklahoma Baptist University. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.