Feb. 14, 2010
DELAND, Fla. - Looking to continue the magic from her no-hitter yesterday, sophomore Lauren Kramer returned to the rubber for the Michigan State softball team on Sunday, but the Spartans fell to Marshall, 2-1, to conclude action at the Lead-Off Classic hosted by Stetson. The Spartans finished the tournament at 2-2, while Marshall went 4-0.
Finding itself down 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Michigan State looked to rally back against the Thundering Herd. Junior Lindsey Hansen got the team started as the second batter up with her single to left. However, Kramer hit into a fielder's choice, which resulted in Hansen being forced out at second. Head coach Jacquie Joseph, looking to put speed on the bases, brought in junior Karen Fox to pinch run for Kramer. Sophomore Brett Williams had a keen eye at the plate as she drew the walk, putting Spartan runners on first and second. Freshman Jenny Ramsaier came up to the plate next and knocked in Fox to bring the score to 2-1. Williams also advanced to third on the run-scoring play.
With sophomore Ali Grant at the plate, pinch hitting for freshman Shelby Wise, Ramsaier stole second, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Grant popped out to first to end the game.
The Spartans had their chances early in the game as junior Jessica Bracamonte got MSU started leading off the first inning, hitting a single to left field. Bracamonte advanced to third after a sacrifice by sophomore Lori Padilla and a wild pitch by the Marshall pitcher. After a Hansen strikeout, Kramer walked to put runners at first and third. With sophomore Brett Williams at the plate, Bracamonte was thrown out at third by the catcher to end the inning.
Marshall scored first in the third inning when Marcena Bertoldo hit a solo home run off Kramer to left field, making it a 1-0 game.
The Thundering Herd extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth on a Jazmine Valle sacrifice fly.
Following the Spartans' next half inning, freshman Shelby Wise replaced Kramer for the latter two innings. Kramer (1-1) exited the game with five strikeouts and two earned runs on seven hits. Wise concluded the game perfect, not allowing a single Marshall runner on base.
MSU is back in action next weekend, Friday-Sunday (Feb. 19-21), when it travels to USF for the La Quinta Inn and Suites Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Spartans will begin action against Wright State at 9 a.m. on Friday.