May 23, 2009

Courtesy of Winona State Athletics

SALEM, VA - No. 6-ranked Winona State University came up with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and defeated No. 12 Le Moyne College, NY (45-13) 2-1 in the loser's bracket of the NCAA Division II World Series play held at the Jamie I. Moyer Sports Complex.

The Warriors advanced on to play No. 4 Angelo State University (49-9).

It is the first time in WSU (50-12) softball history that the Warriors had cracked the 50-win mark in a single-season.

Winona State took the lead with a two-out double down the leftfield line by Amanda Wilhelm. Callie Givens had led off the frame with a single and moved up to second on a wild pitch. From there Givens gambled and moved to third on a foul fly ball to left field as the leftfielder raced to the fence to make the catch.

That all set up a run-scoring single by Terra Halron, who earlier in the game led off things in the first frame for the Warriors with a base hit to make her the all-time hit leader (263) in WSU history, and tied the game at 1-1. Annie Stuedemann kept things alive for the Warriors when she reached on an error and then Wilhelm came up with the game-winning hit.

Sophomore, Stacey Struzynski took the mound win, going the distance and giving up six hits. For the second game in a row she did not walk a batter and finished the game with five strikeouts.

The lone run Struzynski gave up came in the top of the second when she gave up a single that was followed by a run-producing double to left.

In the end Struzynski (28-6), who tied the single-season WSU record for victories, retired the last nine batters she face.