Winona St. sweeps SW Minnesota St.
Warriors pitching staff gives up seven combined hits, one run
WINONA, Minn. -- No. 3 Winona State received outstanding pitching performances from Stacey Struzynski and Kelsey Anderson while sweeping Southwest Minnesota State 1-0 and 2-1 on Friday.
Warrior pitching combined to allow seven hits and one run in the doubleheader. The victories moved Winona State to 31-2 overall and 12-0 in NSIC play.
Struzynski didn’t need much offensive support as she allowed just two hits in the Warriors’ 1-0 victory in game one. Struzynski struck out eight while throwing her sixth complete game with two or fewer hits allowed this season.
The win was the 70th of Struzynski’s career, second on the WSU all-time charts. It was also her 33rd shutout, three behind the school’s all-time record.
Winona State scored its run in the fifth beginning with a leadoff single from Kaitiln Hardie and steal of second base. Brooke Piotrowski advanced Hardie to third with a single and she scored on a Molly Link single up the middle.
Link improved her hitting streak to 15 games with her RBI base hit, one of four WSU hits in the first game. She also added a hit in game two, stretching the hit streak to 16.
Southwest Minnesota State scored first in game two, getting a run on a controversial call on a double steal in the first inning. The Warriors responded to tie the game in the second on a solo home run by Britt Stewart.
Winona State took the lead in the bottom of the third, with Piotrowski and Link hitting back-to-back singles and Kim Wachholder driving home a run on a sacrifice fly.
Kelsey Anderson scattered five hits at the mound while striking out one in 6 1/3 innings of work. Struzynski struck out the final two Mustang batters of the game to record her third save of the season.