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Spartans Defeat FIU, 2-0

Feb. 24, 2018

Box Score | PDF Box: MSU 2, FIU 0 Get Acrobat Reader


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.


  • Kaitlyn Eveland had a pair of base hits.
  • Kelcey Carrasco and Laney Joyner each went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.
  • Bridgette Rainey improved to 4-2 on the season, striking out nine and walking one, scattering three hits.


    "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



  • The teams battled through a scoreless four innings - MSU had two base hits (both singles by Kaitlyn Eveland) but couldn't bring a runner past second, while Bridgette Rainey struck out six and allowed just one hit to the home team in the same time frame.

  • McKenzie Long doubled into right center to lead off the fifth inning. Lindsey Besson moved her to third on a ground ball, and Long came home on a double up the left field line by Laney Joyner. The Panthers made a pitching change, briging on Allison Muraskin in relief of freshman Kendall Dunford. Muraskin got out of the inning without the Spartans causing any more damage.

  • The Panthers got a pair of singles early in the bottom of the fifth, and the two runners were moved to scoring position on a sac bunt. The runner at third got caught on a squeeze play, and Rainey struck out Jessica Rivera to end the threat.

  • The Spartans added to their lead in the top of the sixth. Ebonee Echols led off with a single, and Eveland reached on a fielder's choice. Kelcey Carrasco launched a standup double into right center, scoring Eveland to make it 2-0.

  • Bridgette Rainey has had seven or more strikeouts in five of her six starts.


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