After returning from a series on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Michigan State softball team hosted the Central Michigan Chippewas for a single game this week in East Lansing. After a strong start, the Spartans gave up a two run lead, to lose the single game series, 6-4.
Senior Kelly Smith started on the mound for Michigan State. In four innings she allowed four hits, two earned runs, and struck out four batters on 71 pitches. She took a no-decision as her record stands at 5-12 for the season with a 4.67 ERA.
Michigan State took opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Junior McKinzie Freimuth hit a fly-ball that was misplayed by Central’s Lauren Bowman, allowing Jacquie Reiser score in the initial run.
After Central answered with two runs in the fourth, Michigan State retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when senior Sarah Bowling pinch hit, driving in an run off a double in right field. Sophomore Shanin Thomas hit the first pitch into left field, allowing pinch-runner Ellie Stoffer to score.
Freshman Valerie Kaff came in to relieve Smith. After receiving more run support in the fifth to bring the Spartan’s lead to two, Kaff allowed two runs in each the sixth and seventh innings, allowing Central to come back and win. She earned four runs on four hits, a walk, and notched two strikeouts on 48 pitches. Her ERA for the season is now 4.79 as she took the loss.
Centrals Morgan Yuncker pitched the complete game. In seven innings she allowed the four Spartan runs, three of them earned, on six hits, and two walks. She threw 96 pitches and struck out two. Her win brings her record to 9-2.
Michigan State now posts a 12-30 record overall, 4-13 in Big Ten play. They will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend for a three-game series. The first game will be Friday night at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.Tags: Central Michigan Chippewas, Ellie Stoffer, Iowa Hawkeyes, Jacquie Reiser, Kelly Smith, McKinzie Freimuth, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Morgan Yuncker, MSU, NCAA, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Sarah Bowling, Shanin Thomas, Valerie Kaff