March 6, 2011
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Michigan State softball team (10-7) posted two wins on the final day of action at the Miken Classic on Sunday, March 6 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Spartans opened the day with an 8-7 win over South Carolina (13-5) before topping Seton Hall (5-8), 15-5. Senior Lindsey Hansen capped off her stellar weekend with seven additional RBIs, going 5-for-7 at the plate with two home runs.
Trailing the Gamecocks 7-5, a three-run sixth inning put the Spartans out in front to split the season series at one-game each. Hansen ripped a home run to right-center field to score all three runs in the inning, bringing home sophomore Kylene Hopkins and senior Karen Fox.
USC scored the first run of the contest in the first when Hannah Milks homered to left center.
The Spartans countered in the bottom of the second with junior Brett Williams leading off the inning with a solo homer to left, tying the game up at one.
South Carolina once again regained the lead in the top of the third when Laura Mendes singled up the middle to score Milks and Samie Garcia.
MSU captured its first lead of the game in the bottom half of the frame when junior Ali Grant got things started with a single through the left side to score Hopkins. Senior Heidi Purtzer drove in the final three runs of the inning with a double to right to bring Grant, Williams and sophomore Jenny Ramsaier across the plate.
The first two of four South Carolina runs in the fourth came across after Dana Hathorn singled to center to score Kylie Morin and Evan Childs from second and third, respectively. Mendes followed with an infield single to bring home Hathorn. USC's final run was scored when Milks crossed home after a wild pitch.
Sophomore Shelby Wise earned her first win of the season with her 3.1 innings of work. Wise allowed only three hits in her 14 batters faced.
April Borchardt took the lost for South Carolina, falling to 2-2 on the season. Against Borchardt, the Spartans scored three earned runs on five hits.
The Spartans' offensive success continued in game two against the Pirates with three runs in the first. Hansen knocked in her fourth RBI of the day when she singled up the middle to score Fox. Hansen scored after Williams reached base on a fielder's choice while the third run of the inning was posted when Purtzer singled up the middle to score Williams.
Seton Hall responded in the bottom half of the first with five runs for SHU's lone runs of the game. Kirby Groves doubled down the right-field line for the first two RBIs of the game, scoring Brittany Schillizzi and Maria DeLuca. Nalin Bennett hit an infield single to score Kristen Kaelin from third while Stephanie Bontalies walked with the bases loaded to bring home Groves. Bennett scored the final run of the inning when Marissa Muoio singled through the right side of the infield.
MSU used a four-run second inning to put itself in front. The inning started with a bases clearing triple by Williams. Williams drove the ball to right center to score Hansen, Hopkins and Fox. The final run scored when freshman Sarah Bowling hit a single to score Williams.
Hansen's second homer of the day occurred in the bottom of the third when she ripped the ball to left. Hansen's home run also drove home Hopkins and Fox.
Hansen scored another run in the top of the sixth when she scored on a wild pitch. Grant drove home the second run of the inning with an infield single to bring home sophomore Jayme O'Bryant.
The Spartans increased their lead to 10 runs in the top of seventh with three additional runs. Fox scored on a wild pitch for the first run before Williams singled thought the right side to bring home Hopkins. Williams scored the final run of the inning when Bowling singled through the right side to drive home the third run of the inning.
Junior Rebecca Rogers earned the win for MSU to improve to 1-0 on the season. Rogers threw 6.2 innings of work, allowing eight hits while striking out three of her 31 batters faced.
Hannah Hill fell to 1-6 with her loss against the Spartans. Hill allowed 15 runs, 11 unearned, in her 7.0 innings of work.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, March 8 when they face Florida Atlantic in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. ET in Boca Raton, Fla.