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Minnesota State Bests WSC In Softball Doubleheader

Posted: 22 April, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne State College softball team was swept by Minnesota State on Sunday in NSIC doubleheader action. The Mavericks took game one from the Wildcats 4-0 and then posted a 4-2 victory over WSC in game two. Wayne State falls to 23-11 overall on the season and 14-5 in conference play while Minnesota State improves to 29-9 and 14-4 in league play.
            Wayne State and Minnesota State played three innings of scoreless softball in game one before the Mavericks posted four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to score the only four runs of the game. MSU went on to continue the shutout of Wayne State and preserved the 4-0 win while only allowing one hit to Wayne State.
            Michelle Thille had the lone hit of the game for Wayne State while the Mavericks were led by Lauryn Morris with two hits. Sara Scheffert suffered the loss for the ‘Cats and falls to 12-5 on the season while Courtney McKelvogue went the distance for MSU to improve to 16-5 on the year.
            In game two, Minnesota State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before Wayne State would respond in the top of the second. Sam O’Brien belted a double to left center to score Kaiti Williams and the Wildcats cut their deficit to 2-1. O’Brien would come up big again for WSC in the top of the fourth when she crushed a solo homer over the right field fence to even things up at 2-2. The Mavericks would answer by scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead and then would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to preserve the 4-2 victory.
            Sam O’Brien had the hot bat for Wayne State in game two as she was a perfect 3-3 with two RBI’s and one run scored. Kaiti Williams, Vicki Nielsen and Kylee Simpson each had one hit for WSC while Williams scored the other run. The Mavericks used a balanced hitting attack as seven batters each had one hit as MSU held a slight 7-6 hitting advantage over WSC.
            Freshman pitcher Cassy Miller was tagged with the loss for Wayne State and is now 4-1 on the year while Courtney McKelvogue notched her second win of the day and moved to 17-5 this season.
            Wayne State will be back at home on Wednesday when Winona State comes to the Pete Chapman Softball Complex for an NSIC midweek doubleheader with game one beginning at 1 p.m.

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