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Banowetz slam lifts Central in softball sweep

Freshman Katie Banowetz highlighted a seven-run inning with her first collegiate homer, a pinch-hit grand slam, and the Central College softball team regained its footing with a pair of wins in the Tucson Invitational Games Wednesday.

The No. 21-rated Dutch exploded past Hiram College (Ohio) 12-6, then subdued Wittenberg University (Ohio) 4-2 to move back above .500 at 6-4. The wins were a needed boost after letting Tuesday’s nightcap slip away in a 5-4 eight-inning loss to the College of Saint Benedict (Minn.)

Central gets a needed day off and returns to action Friday, meeting Chapman University (Calif.) at 10 a.m. (Central Time) and Northland College (Wis.) at 2:30 p.m.