Wright State rallied for a pair of one-run wins over Toledo Thursday at the WSU Softball Field, defeating the Rockets 3-2 in the opener and 7-6 in the nightcap.
WSU took a 1-0 lead in the first game with a run in the second as Kortney Tackettt tripled to right center with one out and came in on a Lindsay Barrett hit through the left side of the infield, only to see Toledo go in front with two in the sixth.
The Raiders, however, answered with two in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. Hanna Floyd was hit by a pitch to start the frame and after pinch-hitter Alex Machen hit into a force play, Kaitlyn Kite single to left center to put runners on first and second.
That brought Reagan Stofcheck to the plate and she smacked the first pitch she saw past a diving Kristen Roznoski in left center for a triple to drive in Machen and Kite and give Wright State a 3-2 lead.
The Rockets had the potential tying run on second in the seventh, but Raider pitcher Krystian DeWitt (7-12) closed out the game by striking out Lani Ernst, giving DeWitt five strikeouts on the day.
WSU scored single runs in the first two innings of the second game as Angie Clark was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first and Floyd singled in Alanna Williams in the second, but a grand slam by Ernst to right center in the third gave Toledo a 4-2 advantage.
Kite doubled to center in the fourth to drive in Williams and Machen and tie the game at 4-4 before the Rockets went back in front with two unearned runs in the fifth.
It stayed that way until the Raiders tied it again in the sixth. After Jess Gorman hit and a Machen walk, Kite doubled to left center to plate Gorman and put two runners in scoring position. Kortney Tackett walked to load the bases and Clark followed with a ground out to second to drive in Machen with the tying run.
Wright State then came up with the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh. Montana Wear led off with a grounder that hit the third base bag for a hit and after Williams reached on an error, Gorman singled through the right side to load the bases. One out later, Machen hit a sacrifce fly to center to drive in Williams with the winning run.
Kite paced the WSU offense with three hits in the second game as she also drove in three while Clark drove in two, Gorman had two hits and Machen and Williams each scored three times.
Wright State (11-31) returns to Horizon League play this weekend, hosting Detroit in a three-game series that begins with a single game on Saturday night at 6:00.