Wright State won both ends of a doubleheader against Detroit at the WSU Softball Field Saturday night, taking the opener 9-1 before rallying for a 6-5 decision in the nightcap.
The Raiders came out swinging in the opener, scoring three runs in the first. Jess Gorman led off with a double to left center and Hanna Floyd had a bunt single and a steal to put two runners in scoring position. An Alex Machen sacrifice fly plated Gorman and after Kaitlyn Kite singled in Floyd, a triple to right center off the bat of Kortney Tackett drove in Kite.
The lead increased to 6-0 an inning later as following an Angie Clark bunt single and Alanna Williams reaching on an error, Floyd connected for her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left center.
WSU added two more in the fourth and one more in the sixth to force the run-rule.
Krystian DeWitt picked up the complete-game win as she allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out nine. Offensively, Floyd had three hits, four RBI and scored twice while Kite was three for three and Taylor Knore, Tackett, Reagan Stofcheck and Clark each had two hits.
The second game saw the Titans take control early as they scored three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.
Wright State, though, began its comeback with two in the fourth. A Kite walk along with an error and a Tackett bunt put runners on second and third, with Reagan Stofcheck driving in pinch-runner Kristi Boreing with a hit to right and Knore coming in on a Lindsay Barrett ground out.
The Raiders then tied it with three in the sixth. Kite again started the rally with a hit to left center and a Knore single to right center along with another Tackett bunt resulted in two runners in scoring position. Stofcheck singled through the left side of the infield to drive in pinch-runner Kacie Rapshus and after a double steal made it 5-4, two Detroit errors allowed the tying run to score.
In the seventh, WSU produced the winner, but the game appeared headed to extra innings as, despite Machen leading off with a hit to right center, two fielder's choices resulted in Knore being at first with two outs. Tackett, however, drove a 2-1 pitch down the right field line for a triple that drove in Knore with the winning run.
DeWitt (9-12) earned her second win of the day with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, giving up three hits while striking out five. Machen and Stofcheck each had two hits, with Stofcheck also driving in two, while Knore scored three times.
Wright State (13-31, 8-9 Horizon) looks for the series sweep in the finale Sunday at 1:00. Before the game, WSU's four seniors--Barrett, Chelsea Contant, Machen and Colleen Schneider--will be honored.