Spartans split in home openerPublished 11:03am Wednesday, May 1, 2013
If you would have asked M State softball coach Steve King a week ago, if his team was going to see a home game this season he would have said no. But due to recent weather fluctuations and a field that seemed to dry overnight, the Spartans hosted the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams Tuesday in a double-header.
The Spartans were able to win a very close first game as they edged the Golden Rams 9-8.
M State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings. Anoka-Ramsey cut the lead in half in the fourth inning, but the Spartans were able to gain them back in the bottom half.
M State looked to coast to a win, but a three-run blast by Jamie Thielen put the Rams within striking distance. Megan Cole was able to add the decisive run as she bashed a RBI double to secure the win.
Maria Johnson led the Spartan offense as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while teammates Aann Bjorklund and Christine Moenkedick both had a pair of hits in the win.
The Rams carried over their late offensive surge to game two as they defeated the hosting Spartans 15-3.
Anoka-Ramsey plated eight runs in the first two innings and followed with five more in the fourth and two in the fifth.
The Spartans were only able to collect five hits in the game, with three coming in the fifth.
Morgan Kapphahn led the Spartan hitters with a two-run triple in the fifth.
The Spartans will travel to St. Cloud Friday for a pair of games and follow with two more Saturday.