Softball Concludes Leadoff Classic With Loss to South Carolina
Feb. 10, 2013
DELAND, Fla. – The Michigan State softball team suffered a 12-5 loss to South Carolina as it finished up play in the Leadoff Classic on Sunday afternoon. Junior Sarah Bowling tallied two hits and three RBIs for the Spartans, while senior Kylene Hopkins also collected two hits.
After scoring one run in the top of the second, South Carolina (4-0) scored five runs in the top of the third inning on six hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Michigan State got out of the inning as Hopkins threw out Codee Yeske at second base as she was trying to stretch a single into a double.
South Carolina stretched its advantage to 11-0 with a run in the fourth and four more in the top of the sixth.
Michigan State (1-3) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Bowling hit a bases-loaded double for three RBIs. Sophomore Ellie Stoffer then tallied a run-scoring double, and sophomore Carly Nielsen followed with an RBI double to give MSU five runs in the inning.
The Gamecocks scored the game’s final run in the top of the seventh to make the final 12-5.
Junior Cassee Layne (0-1) started on the mound for MSU and gave up eight runs off six hits and notched two strikeouts. Junior Kelly Smith relieved Layne in the fourth inning and pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run. Freshman Dani Goranson finished the game for the Spartans and allowed five runs, two earned, off of three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Picking up the victory was the Gamecocks’ Audrey Broyles, who gave up five runs and four hits during her 5 2/3 innings pitched.
MSU heads to the Littlewood Classic next weekend, Feb. 15-17, in Tempe, Ariz. The Spartans will face UIC, Arizona State, Illinois State and Northern Iowa in the tournament. Michigan State’s first game is set for Friday, Feb. 15, at 12:30 p.m. ET against UIC.
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