The Wayne State softball team (27-4) hosted a double header against Grand Valley State University (18-6, 3-3 GLIAC) on March 29. The Warriors swept the double header winning the first game 4-0, and the second 8-1.
Coming into the game head coach Gary Bryce said he was worried about having a sniper game, a type of game Bryce describes as a team that should have one, but is caught by the opponent.
In the first match, the Warriors struck early in the first with a single from Lyndsay Butler and scored a double from senior third baseman Jade McGarr. The Warriors added some insurance to Butler when sophomore second baseman Kylee Barrett hit a homerun.
Following an out and a GVSU error, Butler smacked a two-run home run to left center knocking the Lakers’ starting pitcher Courtney Reinhold from the game. Butler allowed only one hit through seven innings with 12 strikeouts. Butler improved her record to 16-2 on the season.
In the second game, Butler came back out to pitch the nightcap of the double header, and again, the Warriors wasted no time taking the lead. The Warriors scored three runs in the top of the second with RBI’s from sophomore Kristen Lucas and Barrett. Barrett hit another homerun in the third inning, her second of the day. In the seventh, Butler hit a two-run homer, giving the Warriors an 8-1 lead. Butler pitched her second complete game and added eight strikeouts.
Butler finished the day with 20 strikeouts and two home runs of her own. Barrett had two home runs as well.
Coach Gary Bryce commented on Butler’s performance.
“She’s just a great thrower, and a great athlete,” Bryce said. “Normally we don’t pitch Lyndsay back to back, but we thought it was best to keep Lyndsay going.”
As for Barrett, Bryce said she has been a hot and cold hitter, but in the last ten games, she has came into her own, which is what they needed.
“Grand Valley is always a good team, our game plan was to play our game, and we did,” Bryce said. “We’ve been hitting the ball well the last few weeks, and we continued to do that.”
The Warriors continue their GLIAC season on April 2, as they take on Lake Superior State in another double-header on their home field at 1 p.m.
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