Feb. 23, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Michigan State softball extended its winning streak to six games after defeating Albany, 3-1, and St. Bonaventure, 8-0, in its second day of the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Saturday.
In the opener against Albany, junior Kelly Smith (6-1) earned the win by pitching a complete game, allowed only one run on three hits to the Great Danes.
Down 1-0 after four and a half innings, the Spartans scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jenny Ramsaier led off with a single and eventually scored on a Sarah Bowling RBI fielder’s choice, while Jayme O’Bryant hit a double to left centerfield that scored Bowling and Kylene Hopkins. O’Bryant led the Spartans with six RBIs in Saturday’s two games.
Later in the day, Michigan State (8-4) took on St. Bonaventure (1-11) for the second time in the tournament. MSU blanked the Bonnies in the rematch, 8-0 in five innings, after winning 12-0 Friday night.
Freshman Dani Goranson picked up the win, pitching a complete game with six strikeouts.
The Spartans started the game off strong as they tallied a run in the first inning. Hopkins crossed the plate as O’Bryant picked up an RBI with a groundout to second base. In a similar fashion, O’Bryant singled to center field to send Hopkins home at the top of the third to give MSU a 2-0 lead.
Michigan State recorded six runs on just two hits in the top of the fourth inning to secure control of the game. The Spartans took advantage of three St. Bonaventure errors and also walked three times in the inning. O’Bryant hit a two-run single in the frame to send Hopkins and Ramsaier home, while Stephanie Sanders had a pinch-hit, two-run single for the Spartans.
The Spartans will finish up their action in Fort Myers tomorrow as they take on Villanova at 11:15 a.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 1:30 p.m.