Spartans Defeat FIU, 2-0
Rainey K's Nine in MSU's fifth straight win
Michigan State won its fifth straight game on Saturday evening, posting a 2-0 victory over Florida International in Miami.
The Spartans (7-6) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to down the homestanding Panthers (8-7). Bridgette Rainey got her second start of the weekend, and worked an efficient game - she faced just 22 batters, striking out nine and walking one, scattering three hits. She also tossed her fifth complete game of the season, and has recorded seven strikeouts or more in five of her six starts this year.
MSU's offense was generated from doubles, which accounted for half of the Spartans' six hits in the game. McKenzie Long and Laney Joyner each had one in the fifth inning, giving MSU a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, a double by Kelcey Carrasco plated Kaitlyn Eveland from first base to double the Spartan lead.
FIU starter Kendahl Dunford went 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and one run, walking one. Reliever Allison Muraskin finished the game, allowing just two hits and one run, striking out one.
MSU will play host FIU for a second time, taking on the Panthers in the tournament finale at 2:30 contest on Sunday afternoon.
"I'm very pleased that all aspects of our game are coming together and we're playing up to our capabilities. We got timely hits today, played clean defense, and our pitching was once again strong. We're building our confidence and continuing to improve. As a staff, we're going to look for our team to finish strong tomorrow and continue what we've already put together this weekend."
Head Coach Jacquie Joseph
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