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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Softball

Lady Spartans Split with NDSCS

By Steve King - Wahpeton, ND

The M State Fergus falls Lady Spartan softball team traveled to Wahpeton Wednesday for a double header with the North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats and earned a split winning game one 12-10 and losing game two 9-0.

“In game one we had great energy and really had some good at bats,” said Steve King, head coach of the Lady Spartans. “Kayla Pring pitched well but couldn’t locate in the 5th and 6th innings so we brought in Laura Tungseth and she did a great job of closing the door. It’s disappointing that we were not ready for inning number one in game two and that set the tone for the game. We committed four errors that inning and never gave ourselves a chance. We didn’t have very good at bats and it was a sloppy game for us all around. Hopefully as we mature as a team we will learn how to play both ends of the double headers.”

In game one the Wildcats jumped to a first inning 3-0 but the Lady Spartans had a big inning in the top of the third scoring seven runs. Chloe Evenson, Jordan Hill and Haley Poehler started the inning with singles to load the bases. Doranna Blasyck reached on an error scoring a run. Amber Boese hit a rocket double to score two runs, Allyson Jensen singled to score another run, Amy Benson drilled a double down the left field line to score Boese and Jensen. Kayla Pring doubled to score Benson and the Lady Spartans had a 7-3 lead.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Spartans put another crooked number on the board scoring five more runs. Sophomore Amy Benson led off the inning with her first collegiate home run to make the score 8-3. The Lady Spartans took advantage of some Wildcat errors to score three runs and Amber Boese single to plate the final run of the inning for a Lady Spartan 12-3 lead.

The Wildcats would get three in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 12 6 lead. Laura Tungseth relieved starting pitcher Kayla Pring with a couple of runners on in the sixth. The Wildcats would score four runs that inning to make the score 12-10 in favor of the Lady Spartans.

The Lady Spartans would not score in the top half of the seventh. The Wildcats had the winning run at the plate with two out but a nice fielding play by Boese at third closed the door and the Lady Spartans had a hard fought victory.

Kayla Pring picked up the win and Tungseth recorded the save. Boese, Jensen, and Benson each had three RBI.

In game two, the Lady Spartans were not ready to play the first couple of innings of the game. Laura Tungseth started the game but her defense let her down with four errors in the first that led to six Wildcat runs. The Lady Spartans never did get the bats going and were unable to produce any sustained offensive threat and lost 9-0.

Tungseth suffered her first loss of the season.

The Lady Spartans are now 4-2 on the season and open Southern Divisional play in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Tuesday in Cambridge against Anoka Ramsey Community and Technical College.

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