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Softball Succumbs to No. 1 Gators

Stephanie Sanders started a 2-out rally for MSU in the fourth inning.

Feb. 19, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Michigan State softball team concluded its series vs Florida with a 15-4 loss to the No. 1 team in the country. The Spartans scored more runs on Sunday (Feb. 19) against UF than any other team this season.

With bases loaded in the first inning, a pop out to center field allowed the first run of the game. Three walked batters reloaded the bases then scored two run for the Gators. A single and another pair of walks put runners on every base in the second. Horton singled up the middle, which allowed two runners to reach home.

Freshman McKinzie Freimuth started off the Spartan offense in the third inning. She got on base on due to a fielding error by the UF second basemen and then advanced to second on the throw. With two outs, junior Kylene Hopkins kept the inning alive by posting a single to third base. She advanced to second on the throw and Freimuth reached third on the play. Sophomore Sarah Bowling pinch hit for senior Ali Grant and doubled into left field, earning two RBIs when Freimuth and Hopkins scored.

Florida responded in the bottom of the third with a seven-run inning. A series of singles resulted in two runs batted in for the Gators. Two more runs scored off just one single, increasing the UF lead to seven. A fielding error put a batter on first and allowed two runners to reach home. The final run of the inning was scored off a single into left field.

With two outs in the fourth, redshirt sophomore Stephanie Sanders, who pinch ran for junior Jenny Ramsaier, started the Spartan rally with a single through the left side. Junior Jayme O'Bryant followed up with another single, advancing Ramsaier to second. Junior Raime Cronkhite pinch hit for Feimuth and loaded the bases with a walk. Senior Lori Padilla was the next batter up for MSU and tabbed an RBI after being walked to first. A single to the shortstop from Hopkins allowed the runner to reach home, making it a 12-4 game.

The game finished in the fifth inning as UF scored four more times against MSU, posting a total of 15 runs.

Cassee Layne pitched the entire game, earning the loss for the day. The sophomore faced 36 batters, allowed ten hits and one strikeout. Layne is now 1-2 on the season.

The Spartans will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to participate in the Strike-Out Cancer Tournament at Florida Atlantic. Action will begin on Friday (Feb. 25) at 9 a.m.



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