March 5, 2011
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Michigan State softball team (8-7) opened action at the Miken Classic on Saturday, Mach 5 in Boca Raton, Fla. MSU opened with a 9-0 run-rule win over Providence (3-6) before falling 7-2 to Harvard (2-1). Senior Lindsey Hansen led MSU on the day at the plate, batting .800 with two triples and four RBIs.
MSU started game one against the Friars with a bang as it scored two runs in the opening inning. A single by sophomore Jayme O'Bryant down the left field line brought home classmate Kylene Hopkins. Junior Brett Williams ripped another single for the Spartans to drive home O'Bryant from second.
The Green and White followed up with a seven-run fourth to cap of the scoring in the contest. Hansen netted four of her RBIs with a triple to left-center field. Hopkins hit drove in Hopkins, junior Lori Padilla and freshman Samantha Findling. The final Spartan run came across after Williams singled to right to score Hansen.
Freshman Cassee Layne improved to 4-4 on the year with her win over Providence. Layne threw all five innings of the contest, limiting the Friars to only two hits while recording four strikeouts.
Harvard got the scoring started in the first inning of MSU's second game. The Crimson's Kasey Lange singled through the right side to drive in Ellen Macadam and give Harvard a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans gained the lead in the top of the third after Hopkins reached on a fielder's choice to score Padilla. Hansen drove in the second run of the inning when Hansen singled up the middle to score Hopkins.
The Crimson got back in front when they followed suit with a two run bottom half of the third. Whitney Shaw homered down the line in left to score Emily Henderson and lead 3-2.
Harvard closed out the scoring with a four run sixth inning to close out the game at 7-2. Allison Scott led off the inning with a homer before Macadam homered to left to also score Shelbi Olson. The final run of the inning was scored when Lange hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Ashley Henderson.
Junior Lauren Kramer took the loss for MSU against Harvard, falling to 4-3 on the year. In her 3.1 innings of work, Kramer allowed four earned runs on six hits.
The Spartans continue action tomorrow (March 6) at 1 p.m. against South Carolina before facing Seton Hall at 3 p.m.