Following an impressive pair of come-from-behind wins against Midland last Saturday, the Red Raider softball team played on Tuesday, where they lost a doubleheader to Dakota Wesleyan at home. Following the losses, NW drops to 15-24 on the season (5-13 in GPAC).
In the first of two games, the Red Raiders were shut out 4-0. NW managed just five hits, all singles, and struck-out six times. Five different Raiders managed hits. Dakota Wesleyan scored three runs in the third inning and scored again in the sixth inning.
Game two was a much more competitive contest that saw the game scoreless through four innings. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers scored on a two-run home run, but NW quickly erased that deficit, scoring on an error by Dakota Wesleyan and an RBI by sophomore Jensen Boger. Dakota Wesleyan scored in the sixth on an RBI groundout and then again on an RBI single in the seventh. NW tallied eight runs, including two hits from Boger, junior Jessica Rayela and freshman Madison Beaver.
NW will face the Clarke University Crusaders today at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Dubuque. Tomorrow, the Red Raiders play the Mount Mercy Mustangs at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Cedar Rapids. Both are NAIA doubleheaders.