The Minnesota State softball team pushed its win streak to four games after sweeping MSU Moorhead, 10-0, and, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at Scheels Field.
In game one, the Mavericks (28-12, 9-7 NSIC), who were recently slotted fifth in the first edition of the NCAA Central Region rankings, blanked the Dragons (11-21, 4-10 NSIC), 10-0, in five innings. Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Ward (14-6) tossed a season-high nine strikeouts and allowed two hits in 4.0 innings. Sophomore Bria Majeski finished the final frame for Minnesota State and registered one strikeout. Freshman Becky Berth (6-11) takes the loss for the Dragons with one strikeout in 2.1 innings.
Senior Jessica Meidl set the tone for the Mavericks with a home run in her first at bat of the contest to put the game’s first run on the scoreboard, 1-0. In the second frame, sophomore Carly Esselman stretched the Minnesota State edge with a three RBI double to make the score 4-0.
Freshman Hailey Forshee cracked the game open for the Mavericks in the third inning with a three RBI homer. It was her fourth of the season to increase the Minnesota State lead to 7-0. Meidl put the game on ice for the Mavericks in the fourth inning with her second home run of the contest. The three RBI shot was her fifth of the season pushed the MSU advantage to 10-0.
Meidl paced Minnesota State with three runs, two hits, four RBI and two home runs. Forshee contributed three RBI, two hits and one run. Minnesota State posted nine hits as a team in comparison to MSU Moorhead’s two.
In game two, Minnesota State used a four-run first inning to shutout MSU Moorhead, 4-0. Ward got the start for the Mavericks and threw a game-best four strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work. Majeski came in to close the contest and contributed one strikeout. Sophomore Tori White (4-7) picks up the loss for the Dragons with one strikeout in a complete game.
Freshman Hannah McCarville got things started for the Mavericks in opening frame with a RBI single to left field sending Esselman home, 1-0. Later in the frame, freshman Julia Bastian reached on a throwing error which allowed sophomore Amber Kral to get home for the unearned run, 2-0. Minnesota State pushed its lead up to 4-0 later in first inning with a pair of unearned runs from Bastian and McCarville.
Esselman led Minnesota State with a season-high three stolen bases. The outfielder also added a game-high three hits and one run to her stat line. Freshman Courtney Potter also chipped in two hits. The Mavericks totaled eight hits as team in comparison to the Dragons two.
Minnesota State returns to action at Northern State tomorrow. The doubleheader is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.