April 29, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team split a doubleheader with Penn State Wednesday afternoon at Old College Field. The Nittany Lions recorded a 6-3 win in game one while the Spartans notched a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. Freshman Lauren Kramer picked up both decisions for MSU and senior Gina Mondo went 2-for-3 at the plate in game two.
Penn State (18-24, 6-10 Big Ten) opened the game strong, putting the first two runners on base before Kramer struck out three straight batters to end the inning. The Nittany Lions continued in the second, scoring one run. Michigan State (19-26, 3-12 Big Ten) responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. With two outs, Kramer notched a homer to left field, her fifth of the season.
The game continued to go back and forth with the Nittany Lions adding two more runs in the third and the Spartans posting one to cut the lead to 3-2. Sophomore Lindsey Hansen doubled to center field with two outs, and Mondo hit a single to left field, sending Hansen around the bases.
The two teams swapped runs in the fourth and then remained scoreless through the fifth and sixth innings. Junior Kelly Confer hit the third homer of her career to left field in the fourth before Penn State added two more runs in the seventh to record the 6-3 victory.
Kramer started in the circle for MSU, striking out five through three innings. Senior Megan Hair pitched 3 1/3 innings and posted three strikeouts, while Confer finished out the game.
Michigan State opened the second game with three runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Hansen notched a two-out double to right center. Mondo then recorded an infield single and sophomore Jessica Bracamonte hit a home run to center field, her fourth of the year.
The Nittany Lions came back in the third, with RBIs from Sam Hovanec and Kayce Zielinski.
Both teams remained scoreless through the remaining innings, with MSU posting a 3-2 win.
Kramer pitched the complete game for MSU in the nightcap, striking out six.
The Spartans return to action this weekend when they host Wisconsin for a two-game series. Saturday's game begins at 2 p.m., while Sunday's first pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Old College Field.