From the moment Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph met Jacquie Reiser, the MSU softball coach felt the two were kindred spirits.
Michigan State got a pair of home runs from junior Sarah Gutknecht and a complete-game eight-strikeout performance from Kristina Zalewski to earn a 5-2 victory over visiting Rutgers.
MSU hosts its final three home games of the 2016 season, welcoming Rutgers to Secchia Stadium for a B1G series.
McKenzie Long delivered the walkoff single that scored Destinee Luna in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 win over visiting Eastern Michigan.
Michigan State hosts in-state rival Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in the final non-conference game for the Spartans.
Michigan State dropped the series finale to Northwestern on Sunday, falling 10-4 despite home runs by Celeste Wood, Lea Foerster, and Lindsey Besson.
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