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Softball Concludes Season at Wisconsin

Freshman Dani Goranson has pitched six complete games on the season.

May 2, 2013

Games 46-48: Michigan State (22-23, 7-6) vs. Wisconsin (38-9, 15-5)
 Location Madison, Wis. | Goodman Diamond
 Game 1 Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET
 Game 2 Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. ET
 Game 3 Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. ET
 Live TV Big Ten Network (Friday) Big Ten Digital Network (Saturday and Sunday)
 Statistics Michigan State | Wisconsin
 Notes Michigan State | Wisconsin
 Social Media Updates @msu_softball | Facebook

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team will finish the regular season with a series against Wisconsin.  The Spartans will take on the Badgers at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, May 3, and 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.  Friday's game will air live on Big Ten Network, while Saturday and Sunday's games will air on Big Ten Digital Network.

Series History...
The Spartans lead the series 24-12 with Wisconsin.  In 2011, the teams split the series, MSU winning 8-0 (5) and Wisconsin taking the second game, 10-4.

Last Time Out...
The Spartans shut out Eastern Michigan 3-0 on Wednesday evening at Secchia Stadium in their final home game of the season.

Michigan State tallied all three runs in the bottom of the second as it broke open the game.  On the mound, Dani Goranson pitched the complete game and held Eastern Michigan scoreless.  Notching RBIs for MSU were senior Jenny Ramsaier, sophomore Ellie Stoffer and sophomore Stephanie Sanders. Sophomore Alyssa McBride led the offense and went 1-for-2 at the plate.

Last weekend, Illinois swept MSU.  In game one, the Spartans fell 6-2 to the Fighting Illini.  In the circle, junior Kelly Smith pitched the complete game and notched 11 strikeouts.  Senior Jayme O'Bryant led the offense, notching two RBIs with a home run.  McBride earned a run and went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The second game against the Fighting Illini, Michigan State suffered a 10-2 loss.  O'Bryant and sophomore Sarah Bowling both tallied one RBI.  O'Bryant tallied her second home run of the weekend in the bottom of the third to give MSU a 2-0 lead.  Goranson pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, three earned.  Smith allowed four runs, three earned.

MSU fell 10-0 in game three of the Illinois series.  Sophomore McKinzie Freimuth went 2-for-3 to lead the Spartans, while senior Kylene Hopkins and Stoffer went 1-for-2.  Smith, Goranson, and sophomore Carly Nielsen all saw time on the mound.

Spartan Scouting Report...
Senior Kylene Hopkins paces the Spartans with a .403 batting average, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten.  Of her 56 hits this season, five are doubles and another two are triples.  The senior has notched 10 RBIs and leads the team with 27 runs.  With 191 hits tallied in her career, she is 10th in the MSU record book.

Senior Jayme O'Bryant leads the Spartans in RBIs with 32, while junior Sarah Bowling trails behind with 31.  Bowling and O'Bryant are tied with a team high of six home runs.  O'Bryant has also notched 10 doubles. 

Leading MSU on the mound is junior Kelly Smith with a 16-14 record and a 2.90 ERA in 183 1/3 innings pitched and 203 strikeouts, to sit at third in the Big Ten.  Smith has pitched 19 complete games and has notched six shutouts in the circle.  Freshman Dani Goranson owns a 3.62 ERA in 98 2/3 innings pitched along with six complete games.

Spartans in the Rankings...
As a team, Michigan State is ninth the conference in batting (.265) and pitching (3.63 ERA). 

Senior Kylene Hopkins sits at eighth in the conference for individual batting at .403. Hopkins ranks ninth in the Big Ten for on base percentage (.484). Sophomore McKinzie Freimuth sits at second for sacrifice bunts (14). 

Junior Kelly Smith is third in the Big Ten in innings pitched (173) and 11th in ERA (2.90).  Smith's 203 batters struck out is third highest in the Big Ten, while her 65 batters struck out looking earns her the second spot. 

In Big Ten Matchups...
The Spartans are tied for fifth in the conference for triples with three.  MSU is third in the conference in sacrifice bunts in Big Ten games with 15.  MSU is second in batters struck out looking in conference match ups (36).

Hopkins in the Record Book...
Senior Kylene Hopkins has earned two spots in the record book this season.  The senior has tallied 105 runs to sit at eighth in all time career records and at 10th for 191 hits.

Success Striking Out...
Kelly Smith has entered the rankings for single-season strikeouts.  She has registered 203 this season to take third in the record books, 65 of which are struck out looking.

Shutout Sensation...
The Spartans have tallied eight shutouts on the season; three are 1-0 victories.  Junior Kelly Smith has notched six of the shutouts.

Wisconsin Scouting Report...
The Badgers are 38-9 on the season and are on a nine-game winning streak.  Last weekend, Wisconsin swept Indiana 12-1 (5), 3-0, 5-2.

Leading the Wisconsin offense is Mary Massei with a .429 batting average and 33 RBIs.  Whitney Massey has compiled team highs of 40 RBIs on the season, 11 home runs and 16 doubles. 

Meghan McIntosh leads the pitching staff for the Badgers with a 1.57 ERA in 102 2/3 innings pitched.  Also seeing time in the circle, Casandra Darrah owns a 1.95 ERA in 179 2/3 innings pitched.  Darrah has a 22-5 record on the season and has tallied 134 strikeouts.

Badgers in the Rankings...
Wisconsin is second in the conference in batting average (.311) and first in ERA (1.78).  The Badgers have registered 393 hits to sit at fourth in the conference.  Wisconsin also owns a .392 on base percentage to rank third in the Big Ten. 

Marry Massei takes sixth in the conference for her batting average (.429).  Whitney Massey is first in doubles with 16, while Massei is tied for second with 15.

In the top spot in the Big Ten for ERA is Meghan McIntosh (1.57).  Cassandra Darrah holds a 1.95 ERA to take the sixth spot and is seventh in the Big Ten for batters struck out (134).

A Sweeping Start...
Michigan State swept Indiana, 5-0, 10-7, 2-1, and Penn State, 4-1, 7-1, to start its Big Ten season.

The last time the Spartans earned a Big Ten sweep was April 3-4, 2010, against Minnesota in a two-game series, 2-1, 7-6. 

The last 5-0 Big Ten start for the Spartans was in 2006 while the last five consecutive Big Ten wins for MSU was in 2007.

Big Ten Pitcher of the Week...
Junior Kelly Smith was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced April 1.  The junior transferred to Michigan State this season from McLennan Community College.

In the series against Indiana, Smith pitched 17 innings for the Spartans and allowed only one earned run, two runs total.  She tallied 20 strikeouts over the weekend and Indiana saw only eight hits when she was on the mound.  Smith owned a 0.41 ERA for the weekend.

Over the Fence...
MSU softball notched three home runs in the series against Indiana and has 14 on the season. 

Senior Jayme O'Bryant tallied two home runs in the series against Illinois.  In the Ohio State doubleheader, O'Bryant tallied three RBIs off her home run in the second game.

O'Bryant and junior Sarah Bowling both hit one on Saturday, March 30, against Indiana.  O'Bryant tallied another on Sunday, March 31, to tie up the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Bowling notched another home run in the second game against Penn State to give MSU an additional two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as well as one during the third game against Michigan.  Others earning home runs this season are sophomores Ellie Stoffer and Stephanie Sanders.

700 Wins...
Coach Jacquie Joseph picked up the 700th win of her career as the Spartans defeated Niagara, 2-1, on March 5. Joseph is in her 20th year as head coach at MSU and is the winningest coach in program history.  She has won 573 games at Michigan State after winning 136 games in five seasons at Bowling Green from 1989-93. She has guided MSU to four NCAA Regional appearances (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004) and is one of just three active coaches in the Big Ten to have at least 700 wins.

Joseph has posted three 40-win campaigns, including a school-record 47 wins in 1997. She was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Spartans to a 40-19 mark and a berth in the NCAA Regionals.

Next up...
The Spartans will head to the Big Ten Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., May 9-12.



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