Feb. 9, 2013
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.