Spartans Win Sixth Straight, Down FIU 2-0
Ladd Hits Two-Run Homer In Fourth
Michigan State closed out the FIU classic on Sunday with a 2-0 win over the host Panthers, finishing out the weekend 5-0 and improving to 8-6 on the season.
The game promised from the outset to be a pitchers duel - Shannon Saile, the nation's leader in strikeouts with a 1.03 ERA entering the weekend was the starter for FIU, and faced off with Zalewski, who brought a 1.14 ERA into the game, in search of her third victory of the weekend. The two hurlers worked through jams and tied up opposing hitters - the Panthers twice loaded the bases with one out, but Zalewski worked her way out of trouble, striking out seven and walking two, scattering six hits. Siele did her part in befuddling the Spartan hitters, striking out eight and walking one, allowing just three base hits.
Ladd hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, her second round-tripper of the weekend, which was the deciding offense in the game. Kelcey Carrasco had reached base on a hit by pitch, and Ladd followed with a jack that sailed over the left-field wall.
MSU heads to California next weekend to begin its spring break. The Spartans will take part in the Judy Garman Invitational at Cal State Fullerton, opening with No. 2 Florida on Friday morning.
"We talked about finishing strong today. We're seeing what we're capable of, and it's very promising. We had strong pitching all weekend, our offense came together, and we showed composure in facing different types of games and pitchers. FIU's pitcher was a tough one - we knew we were going to get her best today. Z [Kristina Zalewski] was also really good today too - she worked out of jams and stuck to the game plan. All in all, it was a good weekend for us. We know we're going to be challenged with our schedule when we get to California."
Head Coach Jacquie Joseph
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