April 14, 2018
Box Score | PDF Box: MSU 7, Penn State 1
Michigan State snapped a three-game skid with a 7-1 win over Penn State in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader in State College.
Kristina Zalewski twirled a two-hit gem in the circle, recording 11 strikeouts and surrendering only a first-inning single and a third-inning solo home run. The Spartans provided her three runs before she had taken the field, and four more in the top of the seventh to send her back out with a six-run edge.
Lea Foerster led off the game for MSU (15-21, 3-8 B1G) with a home run, and a single by Kelcey Carrasco brought home two runs on an RBI single later in that frame. In the seventh, MSU did all of its damage with two outs, as an Ebonee Echols triple scored Foerster, who had been hit by a pitch. Another RBI single by Carrasco followed by a double by Eveland helped MSU produce that four-run seventh.
Katie Quinlan produced a second consecutive three-hit game for the Spartans, utilizing her speed to produce three infield singles.
Madison Shaffer (2-16) took the loss for Penn State, scattering 10 hits, striking out one, and walking two over 6.2 innings. Jessica Cummings got the final out in the seventh for the home team after MSU had staged a four-run, two-out rally.
Echols, who was the all-time triples leader at MSU after her junior year, moved into second place all-time in the Big Ten with her 23rd career three-bagger. It is her third triple of the season and second of the week - she also tripled earlier this week vs. Michigan.
The teams will finish off the doubleheader Saturday afternoon at approx. 4:30 pm
STATS AND STORYLINES
The Spartans got on the board early in the game, taking a 1-0 lead when Lea Foerster smacked a leadoff home run, her seventh of the season. An infield single by Katie Quinlan, a PSU error, a wild pitch, and walk and stolen base by Ebonee Echols put two runners in scoring position for Kelcey Carrasco, who singled to left center and brought both home for a 3-0 advantage.
Kristina Zalewski was strong from the opening pitch, allowing a first-inning single and a two-out solo homer to Tori Dubois in the third inning, facing just three batters over the minimum through six innings after issuing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth.
MSU left a runner on third base in both the fourth and fifth innings but got the clutch hits in the seventh when looking for some insurance runs. Foerster was hit by a pitch and was on first with two outs when Echols tripled to center to score the senior. Carrasco singled home Echols, and then Eveland followed with a double to center for a three-spot on the scoreboard. The Nittany Lions went to Friday game-winner Jessica Cummings in search of a third out, but a passed ball on a 2-2 pitch to Caitie Ladd moved Eveland to third. Ladd singled up the middle to score Eveland, pushing the Spartan lead to 7-1.
Zalewski struck out the side in the seventh inning, pushing her game total to 11.
Echols had her second triple of the week and 23rd of her MSU career. She moved into second place in career triples in the Big Ten behind Penn State' s Donna Devanney (1985-86, 88-89), who had 24.
Zalewski struck out the side twice in the game, finishing with 11 strikeouts. She has recorded double-digit K's in four games this season and had nine or more in seven contests. It was also her 11th complete game of the season.
Zalewski has 105 strikeouts this season, her fourth straight with 100+ strikeouts.