Minnesota State-Mankato splits pair against Southwest Minnesota State
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato split a doubleheader with Southwest Minnesota State on Thursday, losing the first game 8-7 but taking the second game 8-1. The Mavericks are 21-7 overall with a mark of 6-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The Mustangs are 10-10 overall, 3-5 in the NSIC.
The Mavericks found themselves in a 2-1 hole after the second inning of the first game, but scored four runs on two hits and two errors to take a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the third inning. Anna Cole had two RBIs in the inning to help Mankato take its first lead of the contest.
The Mavericks tallied another two runs in the sixth inning as Tatum Klein crossed home plate on a double by Lindsay Erickson, who scored the second run on a single by Samantha Holien.
SMSU answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Amy Dreessen hit a solo homer off Jenna Peterson. That proved to be a precursor for Dreessen, who batted again in the seventh inning, her team down 7-4 with the bases loaded and two outs. Dreessen hit her second dinger of the contest, ending the game in walk-off fashion with the grand slam.
Rachel Hoeppner picked up the win as she worked seven innings, scattering 10 hits and seven runs. Of the seven runs Hoeppner allowed, just two were earned.
The Mavericks were led offensively by Cole, who recorded three hits and one run in four at-bats with two RBIs.
Courtney McKelvogue pitched five innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on nine hits with seven strikeouts. Peterson was credited with the loss; she went 1.2 innings giving up five runs (all earned) on four hits.
The Mavericks came out swinging in the second contest, posting four runs on three hits with and an error in the first inning and scoring another two runs as Erickson hit a two run homer in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead into the third inning.
Mankato scored additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Hoeppner (8-8) suffered the loss. Rachel Groff pitched well in relief for the Mustangs as she worked 5.1 innings and scattered five hits and two earned runs.
The Mavericks were led offensively in the second game by Erickson, who recorded two runs on two hits in three at-bats with three RBIs, including a double and a home run, her fifth dinger of the season. Abby Sonner also had an impressive day at the plate, recording one run on one hit with two RBIs, including her 12th double of the season.
Southwest Minnesota State's Emily Olson, who homered in Game 1, picked up two more hits in the second game and finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Brittany Lauterbach went all seven innings in the circle for the Mavericks to earn the win while giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Southwest Minnesota State Athletics contributed to this report.