M State softball swept in road tripPublished 11:01am Monday, April 29, 2013
The M State softball team hit the road over the weekend looking to get as many games into their shortened season as possible.
On Saturday, the Spartan Women took on Minnesota West in Worthington, but saw the Blue Jays take both games of a double-header.
In game one, Minnesota West was able to short-circuit an M State comeback as they took the game 7-4.
Maria Johnson would lead the Spartan hitters with a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
The Blue Jays flew away with the second game as they defeated the Spartans 14-2.
M State did not have an answer for the Minnesota West offense as the home team cruised to the win.
Morgan Kapphahn and Hannah Sayles each had a run batted in for the Spartans.
In Sunday’s match up, the Spartans the St. Cloud Tech Cyclones pick up two wins.
The Cyclones were able to take advantage of Spartan errors in game one as they took a 9-1 opening game win.
The Spartans offense seemed to click, but they could only plate one run off a Aann Bjorklund single.
In game two, St. Cloud Tech was able to rally and fend off the aggressive Spartan attack to sweep the double-header 12-7.
The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Harley Alby singled in a run, while Megan Cole blasted a two-run shot over the left field wall.
The Cyclones would respond in the fourth with a six-run inning, but M State would knot it back up with a two-run double by Aria Walstad and an RBI double from Kapphahn.
St. Cloud Tech would take control as they added five more runs to seal the deal.
“We played with much more energy and hustle today” Spartan coach Steve King said. “Up and down the lineup the at bats were better and everyone was into the game. Both games got away from us a little at the end, but it is satisfying to know we have a group of players that won’t quit.”