The M State Lady Spartan softball team played Anoka Ramsey Community and Technical College at home Tuesday and dropped a pair of games 4-2 and 11-5. The Lady Spartans saw their season opening six game win streak come to an end.
"Anoka Ramsey is a very good team and has one of the top pitchers in the state" commented Steve King, head coach of the Lady Spartans. "In game one we just couldn't get the clutch hit late in the game. In game two, we rallied to tie the game late but didn't make the defensive plays at the end. We'll get back to work and hopefully begin a new winning streak this weekend."
In game one, Lady Spartan pitcher Tarryn Justeson battled the Anoka Ramsey ace, pitching three perfect innings to start the game. Anoka Ramsey scored a single run off Justeson in the fourth and added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. The Lady Spartans battled back and scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two run single by sophomore Ally Jensen to make the score 4-2. Justeson held Anoka Ramsey scoreless in the top of the seventh to give the Lady Spartans a chance. The Lady Spartans had a runner on third and the tying run at the plate before being set down in the bottom of the seventh, losing the game 4-2. Justeson pitched very well but took the loss, her first of the season.
In game two, the Lady Spartans spotted Anoka Ramsey three runs in the first to fall behind 3-0 but kept battling. They scored one in the bottom of the first and added another in the second. Sam Lupke singled and came all the around to score on a triple by freshman Cailey Bryant to make the score 3-2. Anoka Ramsey scored on in the fifth for a 4-2 lead but the Lady Spartans answered right back in the bottom of the fifth. Bryant singled and would later score on an error and Amber Boese scored on a Sydney Imsande ground out to tie the score at 4-4.
Anoka Ramsey scored three runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-4 lead. The Lady Spartans put one run back up on a triple by freshman Jileen Tenneson and Sam Lupke picked up the RBI on a double to close the gap to 7-5. Unfortunately for the Lady Spartans, they failed to make some defensive plays in the top of the seventh and Anoka Ramsey scored four runs to close out the game 11-5.
The losses drop the Lady Spartans to 6-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division. They stay in divisional play with a trip to Wilmar to play Ridgewater College on Friday and host Minnesota West Saturday at 12:00 noon.