SMSU softball streaking back home

Amy Dreessen launched a game-winning three-run home run in the sixth inning to power the Southwest Minnesota State softball team to a 4-2 victory over Wayne State (Mich.) on Friday in Kissimmee, Fla. The Mustangs later defeated Ferris State (Mich.) 5-2 on Friday, improving to 7-5 overall on the year.

SMSU is riding a six-game winning jag, its longest streak since the 2011 season.

Dreessen finished 2-for-3 with a single, home run and 3 RBI against Wayne State. The home run was Dreessen’s 13th of her career and first of the season.

Wayne State opened the scoring in the first inning with back-to-back two out hits. The Warriors would push across an unearned run in the second inning on a Morgan Peterson fielding error.

Shelbie Stoll got the Mustangs rolling in the fourth, scoring Alysse Luttman on a a sacrifice fly to right field.

SMSU only managed two hits through five innings but the Mustangs pieced together three hits in the sixth, including Amy Dreessen’s three-run game-winning home run to left center. Dreessen came up with two runners on and no one out after Katelyn Kalkman and Shelbie Stoll began the inning with singles.

Rachel Groff came in for the save in the seventh, producing three ground outs. Rachel Hoeppner picked up the win after pitching six solid innings, allowing seven hits, while striking out two.

In the final game of the Rebel Spring Games, the Mustangs jumped on the Ferris State Bulldogs early.

SMSU did all its damage in the first two innings as Chelsey Rodenkirch and Katelyn Kalkman started off SMSU’s 4-run first inning with back-to-back singles.

Morgan Peterson, Kailey Hanson and Jennifer Johnson would all get a RBI in their first inning at-bats as Peterson singled up the middle, Hanson hit a sacrifice fly and Johnson smashed a 2-run double to right field.

The Mustangs added a run in the second to their their big first inning.

Ferris State cut into the Mustang lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off of three consecutive base hits. The Bulldogs could not find any offense the rest of the way, however, as Groff and Hoeppner combined to shutout the Bulldogs through the final five frames of the game. SMSU held on to win 5-2.

Groff picked up her second win of the season, as she allowed two runs off of six hits and a pair of walks over four innings of duty. Hoeppner entered in relief in the fifth inning and pitched the rest of the ballgame, finishing with three shutout innings.

Rodenkirch paced the SMSU offense, going 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored, while Jennifer Johnson was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.