Local Sports Briefs April 14

April 14, 2014


Changes made to WSU Tuesday contests

FAIRBORN — Both the Wright State baseball and softball games scheduled for today have been changed to due the potential of inclement weather Monday night into Tuesday.

The Raider baseball game at Kent State on Tuesday has been cancelled and will not be made up. As a result, the next action for the baseball team will be a three-game Horizon League series at the University of Illinois Chicago, starting with a single game at 5:05 p.m. Eastern, Thursday.

The WSU softball game at home against Ohio State is still on, but has been moved up an hour to now start at 5 p.m.

Check with wsuraiders.com for the latest updates.


DeWitt named Horizon’s Pitcher of the Week

FAIRBORN — Senior Krystian DeWitt of the Wright State softball team has been selected as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 13, it was announced Monday by the league office.

DeWitt (Garden Grove, CA/Pacifica) picked up two victories on the week as she became WSU’s all-time strikeout leader in the process. After striking out six in four innings at no. 11 Kentucky on April 8, she tied a career high by fanning 11 in pitching a six-hit shutout victory at Detroit on April 12. DeWitt then closed out the week with three strikeouts in four innings of relief to earn the win at Detroit on April 13.

In striking out 20 for the week, DeWitt passed Kristin Bultinck (2000-03, 581 strikeouts) for the top spot on Wright State’s all-time list and now has 587 for her career. Two weeks ago, she went ahead of Bultinck to become the career win leader for the Raiders and currently has 50 altogether.

Wright State (10-25, 6-4 Horizon) has a busy week ahead, hosting Ohio State for a single game at 5 p.m., Tuesday, and Marshall for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday, before traveling to Youngstown State for a three-game Horizon League series that starts with a 3 p.m. twinbill on Friday.

Raiders sweep Detroit

DETROIT — Wright State won both ends of a doubleheader, Saturday at Detroit, taking the opener 6-0 and winning the nightcap 10-1.

WSU opened the scoring in game one with two runs in the first on a two-run single by Taylor Knore. Angie Clark then made it 3-0 an inning later with her second home of the season to left center.

The Raiders added two more in the fifth as Becka Peterson singled in a run and Kacie Rapshus drove in another on a fielder’s choice and rounded out the scoring in the seventh on a RBI single by Kortney Tackett.

Krystian DeWitt (5-10), meanwhile, was dominant in the circle as the senior scattered six hits and did not walk a batter in striking out 11 batters, tying a career high. The 11 punchouts give DeWitt 584 for her career, moving her past Kristin Bultinck (581 from 2000-03) as WSU’s all-time leader in strikeouts.

Offensively, Jess Gorman had three hits while Reagan Stofcheck and Peterson each had two.

In the second game, Hanna Floyd drove in Gorman in the first to give Wright State a quick 1-0 lead and the margin grew to 4-0 in the second thanks in part to a two-run single by Stofcheck.

WSU went up 7-0 with three more in the third, the big blow being a two-run double by Gorman and the Raiders rounded out their scoring with another three spot in the sixth, including a solo home run from Gorman, her fifth of the year.

Montana Wear (4-14) struck out seven in picking up the win. Gorman added two more hits to give her five on the day while Floyd and Rapshus also had two.


Raiders’ 12th-inning win sinks Milwaukee

FAIRBORN — The Wright State baseball team (18-16, 12-2 Horizon League) led just once the entire day, but that came in the 12th as the Raiders completed a series sweep of Milwaukee with a 6-5 decision Sunday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

In the 12th, Andrew McCafferty led off with a double to left center and following Kieston Greene being intentionally walked, Sean Murphy bunted both runners into scoring position. After Joe Ford was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jack Murphy delivered the game-winner, dropping a single along the right field line to drive in McCafferty.

Jack Van Horn (1-1) threw three scoreless innings and picked up the win. His effort capped off a great game by Logan Blair, E.J. Trapino and Andrew Elliott of the Raider bullpen as the four combined to hold the Panthers to just one run and seven hits over the final 9 1/3 innings.

Offensively, McCafferty had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored while Michael Timm also had three hits and two runs scored. Jeff Limbaugh and Jason DeFevers added two hits.