Originally Published: April 16, 2008
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs’ softball team stayed ranked at number one regionally and moved to seventh nationally. They also played a twin bill on the road against St. Cloud State. The Mustangs entered the double header with an impressive record of 20-6 and with a 10-game winning streak.
In the first game, Amanda Johnson was on the hill for the Mustangs. She pitched her fourth shut-out of the season, allowing five hits and striking out five in a complete game victory. The win for Johnson moves her record on the year to 17-2.
The lone offensive run in the game was provided by Andrea Fennern in the top half of the sixth, driving in pinch runner Janeane Robinson on a base hit to left field. Amanda Burkhart appeared to add an insurance run in the seventh with a home run but she was ruled out as she high-fived a teammate before touching home plate.
Game two started out slowly for Southwest, as they trailed 3-0 after the first three batters for the Huskies. Starting pitcher Alina Honken was then pulled by head coach, Shawn Semler, in favor of reliever Sara Silke. Silke pitched the next four innings, only allowing one earned run.
Southwest got a run back in the top of the third when Kiley Petersen led off with a home run to make it a 3-1 game. In the bottom of the inning, St. Cloud answered with a run of its own bringing the score up to 4-1.
Amanda Tucci hit a bases loaded RBI single to cut the lead to two with one out in the fourth inning. Petersen then followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead in half, before Katie Turner lined out to end the rally.
The Mustangs struggled down the stretch, with their last base runner coming with one out in the fifth. The 4-3 loss for Southwest dropped their season record to 21-7.
Southwest was supposed to play this past weekend at the Concordia-St Paul Tournament but the weather had a different idea. The games were cancelled.
The Mustangs will be in action Thursday, April 17 with a home double-header against Winona State. They will then be on the road over the weekend in Bismarck, N.D., for five conference games. The Mustangs’ final home softball games will be April 29 against Augustana College.
Amanda Johnson was also named NSIC pitcher of the week for the second time this season and eigth time in her career