Feb. 24, 2018
Box Score | PDF Box: MSU 5, CCSU 4
Michigan State staged a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning - capped with a Kelcey Carrasco homer - to record a 5-4 victory over Central Connecticut on Saturday in Miami.
Carrasco hit a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the seventh to cap the dramatic come-from-behind victory. With two outs on the board, Ebonee Echols started the rally with a double to left center, her third hit of the day. Kaitlyn Eveland beat the throw to record an infield single, moving Echols to third. Carrasco launched a bomb into center field to give MSU the 5-4 lead.
It was the first lead of the game for MSU since the second inning, when freshman Caitie Ladd hit her first collegiate home run over the wall in left center. Ladd added a double in the seventh inning as well, going 2-for-4.
Central Connecticut scored four runs on four base hits in the bottom of the second inning, taking a 4-1 advantage. MSU chipped away at the lead with a single run in the third on a sac fly by Eveland, cutting the CCSU lead to 4-2.
Kristina Zalewski came on in relief of Jordan Watson in the bottom of the fifth, and threw three innings of two-hit ball. She struck out four and didn't allow a run to earn her second win of the weekend and improve to 2-3 on the season.
MSU (6-6) will play the nightcap against host FIU in a 6:30 contest to wrap up Saturday's action.
Ebonee Echols went 3-for-4 with a double.
Caitie Ladd hit her first collegiate home run in the second inning, a shot over the left field wall.
Kelcey Carrasco hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.
Jordan Watson scattered seven hits and struck out three in four innings, allowing four earned runs.
Kristina Zalewski came on in relief with one on and none out in the bottom of the fifth and earned the win. She allowed two hits and struck out four in three innings.
STATS AND STORYLINES
Caitie Ladd led off the second inning with a home run over the wall in left field, the first extra-base hit of her career.
The Blue Devils looked to counter in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with two singles and a walk with just one out on the board. Watson got the next batter to go down swinging, but Brittany Camara just beat the throw on an infield single to tie the game at 1-1. A double by Lex Debrosse cleared the bases and gave the home team a 4-1 lead.
MSU loaded the bases in the top of the third, staging a rally to cut into the deficit. Melanie Baccay singled, Lea Foerster was hit by a pitch, and Ebonee Echols legged out an infield single to load the bags for Kaitlyn Eveland. Eveland brought home Baccay with a sac fly to left, and trimmed the deficit to 4-2.
Foerster doubled to left center with one out in the fifth, and went to third on a fly ball to center by Echols. She was stranded at third to end the inning.
With one on and none out in the bottom of the fifth, the Spartans made a pitching change - Kristina Zalewski came on in relief of Jordan Watson. Zalewski got two quick outs - a fly ball that moved Gia Hathaway to third after a leadoff double, and a strikeout.
MSU staged a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. Lindsey Besson was hit by a pitch, and pinch hitter Laney Joyner reached on an infield single to put two on with two outs, but they were stranded.
In the seventh, Echols smacked her second double of the game with two outs, and Eveland moved her to third with an infield single. Kelcey Carrasco stepped in and homered to dead center to plate three runs and give MSU a 5-4 lead. Caitie Ladd doubled to follow Carrasco, but the Blue Devils got out of the inning with any further damage.
The Blue Devils got a base hit in the bottom of the seventh, but Zalewski got a strikeout - her fourth of the game - and a ground ball out to end the CCSU threat.
Ladd had a pair of extra base hits - a double and a home run. They were the first extra-base hits of her career.