The Wayne State University Softball team (15-6 overall) defeated the Walsh Cavaliers (11-9 overall) 3-0 and 11-1 in a doubleheader, on what was a chilly second day of spring.
Junior, Megan Guitar pitched the first game for WSU and shut the Cavaliers down, limiting them to one hit while striking out five.
“Megan is a tremendous pitcher. It’s tough losing Lyndsay [Butler], but we’re gonna have to ride Megan, Bryanna [Kressler] and Presley [Buchanan] to the end,” said Coach Gary Bryce.
In game one, the Warriors were led by freshman Bryanna Kressler and junior Hannah McClounie who each recorded two hits, with Kressler driving in one of the three runs. Designated hitter, Ashley Messina drove the other two runs in on a line-drive through the pitchers legs.
Looking to sweep the double header, the Warriors would have to face Walsh’s best pitcher, Olivia Pifer.
“We just wanted to beat her,” said Bryce. “It looked like they were looking for the split, and we had a good game plan, and we executed it.”
The Warriors quickly knocked her out of the game, as Pifer surrendered five runs on six hits, in only one inning pitched.
“In Chicago, we weren’t hitting, then in Florida we started swinging the bats better, and we need to continue that into conference play, and we did a good job of that today,” said Bryce.
In game two, freshman Bryanna Kressler took the mound and pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on three hits.
“I always try to go into the games playing my hardest, and play for the team, rather than playing for myself,” said Kressler.
Kressler also saw success in the batter’s box, as she hit a two run double to deep centerfield, scoring Kristen Lucas and Rainey Psenicka, to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
“Getting the two runs quickly helped the team continue to have a positive mindset, rather than being down on ourselves,” said Kressler.
On Friday, the Warriors will take on the Tiffin Dragons in a doubleheader.
“We want to keep the positive momentum going. It’s really important in this game, because you can’t get down on yourself,” said Kressler. “They’re always a tough team to play, [and] their coach, Jeff always has them ready to go, and we need to continue to hit the ball well. “
The first pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Bryce Field.