Wayne State softball opened Northern Sun Conference play on Saturday with two no-hit wins over Minnesota, Crookston. Pitcher Katie Goetzinger had a hand in both games.
Three Wildcat pitchers, Goetzinger, Brooke Vollmer and Amber Baird, teamed up to no-hit UMC in a 7-1 win in the first game and then Goetzinger recorded a perfect game in the second with nine strikeouts to no-hit the Golden Eagles in a 8-0 six inning win.
Wayne State is now 17-11 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC while Minnesota, Crookston drops to 0-10 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Goetzinger worked the first four innings and notched 10 strikeouts but had to leave after fouling a pitch off her ankle and suffering an apparent ankle injury. Brooke Vollmer then worked the fifth and part of the sixth inning, but struggled with her control allowing three walks, which led to UMC’s run. Amber Baird then finished the game, striking out two batters in the final two innings of work.
Goetzinger return for the second a bad ankle and pitched a perfect game, her second of the season, to lift Wayne State in the 8-0 win over the Golden Eagles. Goetzinger had nine strikeouts in facing 18 batters to seal the no-hitter and perfect game.