May 29, 2010

By Bo Allegrucci
Special to

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Metro State stayed alive Saturday, beating their second different Wayne State team in the last week.

The Roadrunners swept Nebraska's Wayne State in a Super Regional and survived Michigan's Wayne State, 1-0, in the loser's bracket. Wayne State (52-13) was eliminated.

After an ugly opening-round loss to Angelo State, the mighty Metro State (52-5) offense was quiet against Wayne State ace Casey Hanes, who allowed just three hits and an unearned run while striking out six Roadrunners.

Metro State starter Christie Robinson kept her team's season alive, striking out four and walking one in a five-hit shutout that pushed Metro State through to another elimination game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against North Georgia (51-1). The Roadrunners lead the nation in home runs and slugging percentage, but they needed a Wayne State error to score the game's only run in the top of the fifth.

Molly Clark dumped a leadoff single down the right-field line and advanced to third after Kellie Nishikida's sacrifice bunt, and a dropped third strike on Jessica Haab. Wayne State was almost out of the inning when shortstop Jaci Banton fielded a ground ball off the bat of Lauren Hainlen, but Banton threw the ball away at first as Clark crossed home plate with the winning run.

Wayne State never got a runner past second the entire game against Robinson.