NCAA SOFTBALL: SMSU swept by Mavericks
ST. PETER – Minnesota State scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie and defeat Southwest Minnesota State 9-3 in game one of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference twinbill. MSU won the nightcap 2-0 behind a six-hit shutout by Brittany Lauterbach. The Mavericks have now won 14 straight games and improve to 24-6 overall, 8-0 NSIC. SMSU drops to 6-18 overall, 3-5 NSIC.
Today’s doubleheader was played at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter due to poor field conditions in Mankato.
In the first frame, SMSU loaded the bases by putting on the first three batters via a walk, hit-by-pitch and a single. Jazmyne Neely lined into a double play but Kailey Hanson re-loaded the bases with a walk. Jennifer Johnson cracked a single that scored Elissa Reinsma from third to give SMSU an early 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs would hold onto the slim 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth when the Mavericks scored the tying run on a RBI fielder’s choice following a leadoff doubled. SMSU was trying to turn the double play with a grounder hit back to Hoeppner. Hoeppner fired to second base to get the out but the relay throw to first was late and Anna Cole, who lead off the inning with the double, scored from second on the play.
MSU took its first lead of the game when Karli DesLauriers stole home after leading off with a single and stealing second. Cole followed with a two-run single to make it 5-1. MSU put things out of reach later in the inning when DesLauriers hit a bases-clearing triple to push it to 8-1. In the fifth inning alone, DesLauriers had a single, a triple, a run scored, two stolen bases and three RBI.
SMSU scored two runs in the sixth with a RBI triple by Alysse Luttmann following a leadoff single by Karmann Carroll. Rodenkirch later scored Luttmann with a RBI single to make it 8-3 in favor of the Mavericks. Anna Cole added a run for the Mavericks in the sixth with her third home run of the season. Cole finished the game 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, three runs and three RBI.
Coley Reis (11-2) worked seven innings allowing three earned runs on six hits. Reis issued four walks but struck out seven Mustangs.
Hoeppner (4-8) suffered her eighth loss of the season as she allowed nine earned runs in her six innings of work. Hoeppner allowed 10 hits, four walks and struck out one.
MSU pushed across runs in the fourth and fifth innings to spoil a solid pitching effort from Mustang starter Alex O’Connor, who allowed just four hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
SMSU left one runner on base in the first six innings, but failed to pick up the clutch hit to push across a run. It was the fifth time SMSU was shutout this season.
Southwest Minnesota State will continue conference play this weekend hosting four games at Mustang Field. SMSU is scheduled to take on St. Cloud State on Saturday at 1 p.m., before closing the weekend facing Minnesota Duluth at 12 p.m. on Sunday.