Lea Foerster and Kelcey Carrasco hit home runs as MSU took a 13-2 victory over Robert Morris to close out the weekend.
Michigan State was firing on all offensive cylinders on Saturday afternoon, plating 22 runs in defeating North Dakota, 22-5, on Saturday afternoon. MSU did damage both with smallball and the longball, as MSU had four home runs (including two grand slams) and two doubles among their 18 hits. MSU also drew seven walks in the game, and had three stolen bases.
Offense was at a premium until the rain started, and Southern Illinois took a 4-2 win over Michigan State at the Madiera Beach Tournament on Saturday morning.
Bridgette Rainey struck out a career-high nine batters and Lea Foerster hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Spartan softball team beat UAB 3-1 on Friday night.
A pair of seventh-inning home runs by Ebonee Echols and Kelcey Carrasco helped open up a tight 3-1 game as Michigan State posted a 7-1 victory over Villanova.
Michigan State heads back to Florida for five games at the Eastern Michigan Madiera Beach Invitational. The Spartans have two games on tap both Friday (Villanova/UAB) and Saturday (Southern Illinois/North Dakota) before a single game vs. Robert Morris on getaway day.
Sophomore Celeste Wood (Hacienda Heights, Calif./Los Altos) has earned Big Ten Softball Player of the Week honors, as announced by the Conference office on Monday, Feb. 13. Wood and the Spartans went 3-1 in the season-opening FAU Kickoff Classic, downing North Florida, Troy, and NC State before falling to the host Owls in the finale.
Florida Atlantic All-American Kylee Hansen tossed a three-hitter in the finale of the FAU Kickoff Classic on Sunday, helping her team to a 5-0 win over Michigan State. The nation’s ERA leader a year ago, Hansen struck out eight and walked three, but MSU couldn’t get any momentum going on the day and fell to 3-1 on the season. FAU improves to 4-2 on the year.
Celeste Wood delivered a two-out walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon to give Michigan State a 6-4 win over NC State
Michigan State improved to 2-0 with a 9-4 victory over Troy on Saturday morning at the FAU Kickoff Classic.
Freshmen Melanie Baccay and Kelcey Carrasco each had a pair of hits – including their first career home runs – to help lead Michigan State to a 10-2 decision in six innings over North Florida on Friday morning in the season opener for the Spartans.