MSU softball goes 4-2 in Missouri

The Minnesota State softball team took their talents to Missouri this past weekend for the Apple Market Classic. The Mavericks played six games in St. Joseph Missouri and went 4-2 on the weekend.

Friday the Maverick women squared up against Washburn University at 12 p.m. and Missouri Southern State University at 4 p.m.
MSU easily defeated both teams with a score of 6-0 against Washburn and 9-1 in five innings against Missouri Southern.

Junior pitcher Coley Ries continued to impress on the mound as she extended her scoreless inning streak to 26 innings and only allowed Washburn one hit, striking 15 batters out.

Freshman Cori Kennedy played well for the Mavericks and produced a two RBI single in the first inning.

In the second game of the day the Purple and Gold earned eight runs in the fifth inning, ending the game. Sophomore pitcher Libby Bemis collected the win. Many Mavericks shined bright in this winning effort. Junior Dana Mogren, Kennedy and senior Emily Bransky all delivered a two-RBI single for six runs combined.

Saturday the Mavericks faced two opponents from earlier in the season, Emporia State University and the University of Central Missouri. The Mavs split the two Saturday games, winning against Emporia State 6-0 and later in the day losing the Central Missouri 0-3.

Ries completed her third straight shut out game against the Lady Hornets. Sophomore Kara Lattery was able to hit her first home run of the season for the Mavericks, going 3-3 from the plate against ESU.

At 3 p.m. the Purple and Gold took on UCM. The Mavericks earned just three hits during the game and left nine runners on base. Bemis took the loss for the Mavs and was replaced by Ries in the seventh inning. MSU had runners on base during every inning but were unable to achieve any success.

The last two games of the weekend were played Sunday and delayed an hour each due to weather temperature. The Mavericks defeated the University of Central Oklahoma 6-0 before losing to Northwest Missouri State University 3-4 in the final game of the Apple Market Classic.

Ries completed the weekend 3-0 and pitched a no-hitter in her final game of the road trip. This no-hitter is the third of Ries’s career. During the game against the Bronchos, Ries struck out 16 batters. This game was also Ries’s 11th win on the season and she continued her scoreless innings streak to 41.1 innings.

The final game of the classic was a struggle for the Purple and Gold. The Mavericks trailed 0-4 until going into the sixth. Mogren got a hit for an RBI and Lattery got her second home run of the day. Going into the seventh MSU was down by just one run but were unable to score for the rest of the game, losing to the 19-ranked Bearcats.

With this weekends success the Maverick’s overall record sits at 17-7. MSU will start their regular season NSIC play this week, March 22 with a doubleheader against Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul.

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