Softball Falls to South Carolina and Stetson
 
 
 
Freshman Dani Goranson allowed five runs, just one earned, in her collegiate debut.
 
Freshman Dani Goranson allowed five runs, just one earned, in her collegiate debut.
 
 

Feb. 9, 2013

Final Stats

DELAND, Fla. – The Michigan State softball team continued playing at the Leadoff Classic Saturday in a doubleheader. MSU fell to South Carolina, 11-3 in five innings, and Stetson, 6-1. Senior center fielder Kylene Hopkins led the Spartans (1-2) at the plate with five hits during the two games.

After giving up three runs to South Carolina (3-0) in the first two innings, the Spartans responded in the third to close the gap to 3-2. Hopkins got on first with a hit to the right side and freshman Destinee Luna followed with a double to left field, advancing Hopkins to third base.  Sarah Bowling hit an RBI single to allow Hopkins to cross the plate, and Luna then scored by a fielding error in center field. 

With two outs in the fifth and MSU down 8-2, Bowling hit a home run into center field, but South Carolina finished the game in the bottom of the inning with three runs, finalizing the score at 11-3.

Junior Kelly Smith started and took the loss for MSU after allowing eight runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Offensively, Hopkins was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while Bowling was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

In the nightcap against Stetson, the Hatters scored one run in the first and four in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead.

MSU got on the board in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by Hopkins.

Stetson (1-3) added a run in the fifth to make the final 6-1.

In her collegiate debut, freshman Dani Goranson allowed five runs, just one earned, on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Smith finished the game in relief and recorded five strikeouts.

Hopkins went 3-for-4 at the plate in game two, and Alyssa McBride went 2-for-3.


 

 

The Spartans will finish up the Leadoff Classic on Sunday against South Carolina at noon.