The 17th-ranked Wayne State softball team beat #16 Augustana 2-1 Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Central Region Bracket #1 Softball Tournament.
The Wildcats, now 43-12, won their 16th straight win to advance to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals next weekend (May 21-23). Wayne State will face 49-4 Metro State, who defeated Minnesota State 6-0 in the Central Region Bracket #2 final in Colorado Springs, Colorado Sunday afternoon.
Wayne State got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when third baseman Brittany Greenwood hit a line drive over the right center field fence to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Greenwood was 3 for 3 in Saturday’s win over Concordia-St. Paul and finished the final’s game 2 for 3. The Wildcats added another run later in the inning when Amy Sandstrom singled and scored on Blaire Kuhl’s RBI ground out to second base giving WSC a 2-0 lead.
Augustana College made the game interesting in the top of the seventh inning. Brittany Coufal reached on a single to start out the inning for the Vikings. Kelsey Kalkman then lined a ball to Wildcat second basemen Kuhl that turned into a double play. The next batter for the Vikings, Chelsea Durland, launched a towering homer over the left field wall to cut the ‘Cats lead to 2-1, but Goetzinger struck out Britt Stewart to end the game sending WSC to the Super Regional.
Wayne State pitcher Katie Goetzinger (32-8) broke the WSC single season record for wins in a season with her 32nd win of the year, pitching all seven innings allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts.