St Cloud State -Kelly Franks
March 12, 2013By Todd VanderLoop of SPASH Softball
3/8/2013 4:47:00 PM
Box Score 1 | Box Score 2Kissimmee, Florida -- The St. Cloud State University softball squad opened up a week of play in Kissimmee, Florida with games against Erie Lake College and Saginaw Valley State University. The Huskies came away with two victories this afternoon and will resume play again tomorrow at 11 a.m.
St. Cloud State defeated Erie Lake 2-1 in ten innings and Saginaw Valley State 9-2.
The Huskies are now 9-6 overall and will play Notre Dame College at 11 a.m. followed by Saginaw Valley State at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Lake Erie Recap:
Pitcher Kelly Franks (Stevens Point, Wis.) pitched all ten innings. Franks struck out 14 batters and allowed just five hits in the ten inning battle.
St. Cloud State scored their first run in the bottom of the third. With two outs on the board, Taylor Thomas (Fontana, Calif.) singled to right field to start a late inning rally. Breana Canova (Riverside, Calif.) followed up with a single to left. Thomas scored on a left field lined shot by Mikayla Hogan (Chippewa Falls, Wis.).
Lake Erie put a run on the board in the top of the fourth to tie the score at one all. It wasn't until the tenth inning of play that the Huskies were able to clench the victory. With international tie breaker rules in effect, Hogan was in position as the runner on second. Stephanie Roan (St. Charles, Ill.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hogan to third. Kelsie Fitch (Carver) laid down a suicide bunt while Hogan took off for home. Lake Erie was unable to make the play, allowing the Huskies to clench the well-earned victory.
Saginaw Valley State Recap:
The Huskies pieced together nine runs on 12 hits for the win against Saginaw Valley.
In overall game statistics, Kelly Olson (Oak Grove, Minn.) finished the game going two for three from the plate, while driving in three runs. Both Fitch and Thomas went three for four while batting in one run each.
Kendra Merritt (Fort Lupton, Colo.) started on the mound for the Huskies, pitched five innings and allowed just two hits. Jackie Manrique (Chicago, Ill.) relieved Merritt in the sixth to finish off the game for the Huskies.
St. Cloud State will play 12 more games over the next seven days at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Stay tuned for further St. Cloud State softball updates.