The Wright State softball team swept a Horizon League doubleheader from Cleveland State Saturday at the WSU Softball Field, taking the opener 6-3 before rallying for a 6-5 decision in the nightcap.
The Vikings scored three times in the first on a three-run home run by Caila Ferro, but, from that point, Raider starter Montana Wear shutout CSU on three hits the rest of the way.
WSU cut into the deficit with a run in the third on a Taylor Knore RBI single, but it stayed 3-1 until the Raiders scored five in the sixth. After walks to Knore and Kacie Rapshus, a bunt by Reagan Stofcheck was thrown away, allowing Knore to score. A bunt single by Alanna Williams tied the game and another bunt hit from Lindsay Barrett drove in Stofcheck with the go-ahead run. Yet another bunt hit by Hanna Floyd loaded the bases and two runs came in on a wild pitch and another throwing error.
In the second game, Wright State took an early 1-0 lead as Floyd scored on a wild pitch, only to see Cleveland State take advantage of two errors in tallying four runs in the third.
A Kortney Tackett home run to left center, her first of the season, made it 4-2 in the fourth and after CSU answered with a solo home run from Janessa Rivera-Keahi in its half of the fourth, WSU took the lead for good with four in the fifth.
Jess Gorman started the rally with a one-out solo home run to right, her first of the year, but the rally looked to be short as Kaitlyn Kite lined out and Knore hit a fly ball to right. The fly ball was dropped, however, and Rapshus reached on a strikeout passed ball to put runners on first and third. Tackett singled through the left side to make it 5-4 and hits by Angie Clark and Alex Machen put the Raiders up one.
Cleveland State posed threats to tie the game in the sixth and seventh, but left two runners on base each time.
Gorman had four hits on the day to lead the Raider offense while Tackett and Clark each had two hits in the secnod game.
Wright State (5-19, 2-1 Horizon) is right back in Horizon League play early next week with a three-game series at Valparaiso, starting with a 4:00 single game on Monday, April 1.