Feb. 24, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Michigan State softball fell to Villanova, 5-1, and Florida Gulf Coast, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the FGCU Tournament. The Spartans (8-6) came away with a 3-2 record at the tournament, with two wins over St. Bonaventure and a victory over Albany earlier in the weekend.
Against Villanova, Michigan State came out swinging, posting a run in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Sarah Bowling walked, followed by a Jayme O’Bryant triple to right center to send Bowling home.
The Wildcats (4-1) struck back in the top of the second to tie up the score, 1-1. In the third inning, they put another run on the scoreboard to take the lead. The fourth and fifth innings went scoreless and Villanova earned its final three runs in the top of the sixth to finalize the score at 5-1.
Kelly Smith and Dani Goranson split time on the mound. Smith (6-2) pitched 5 2/3 innings and took the loss, allowing five runs off of 10 hits, while Goranson threw the final 1 1/3 innings without giving up a run.
Picking up the win was Kate Poppe who is 4-0 on the season.
Later in the day, Michigan State fell to FGCU, 6-0. McKinzie Freimuth collected two hits for the Spartans, who were held to just four hits in the game. Ellie Stoffer and O’Bryant also had hits for MSU.
Goranson (2-3) pitched the complete game, notching two strikeouts and allowing six runs, all earned.
After a scoreless first inning, the Eagles tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. The Spartans held the Eagles for the third and fourth innings before FGCU gained momentum with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth inning.
Jaclyn Owen (3-1) earned the victory on the mound for FGCU with five strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
The Spartans will return to Florida next weekend to compete in the Florida Atlantic Tournament March 2-9. Michigan State will see action against Ball State, Jacksonville, Harvard, Florida Atlantic, Niagara, Eastern Michigan, Kansas and UL-Monroe in Boca Raton, Fla.