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April 18, 2014

MSU softball coach earns 1,000th win

Mavericks sweep Wayne State

WAYNE, NEB. — Minnesota State softball coach Lori Meyer earned her 1,000th win on Friday after noon when her team defeated Wayne State in the first game of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader.

The Mavericks defeated the Wildcats 3-2 in the opener and went on to sweep the day with an 8-0, five-inning victory in Game 2.

Meyer now has an all-time record of 1,001-597-3.

Meyer reached the milestone, thanks to Coley Ries' pitching in the first game. She allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, scoring two runs in the first inning. After loading the bases, the Mavericks scored when Ashley Thell walked and Abby Whritenour was hit by a pitch. Kelly Wood drove in the second-inning on a ground out.

Wayne State scored both of its runs in the fifth.

In the second game, the Mavericks out-hit the Wildcats 11-2. Wood and Lindsay Erickson each went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Thell and Samantha Holien each drove in two runs.

Brittany Lauterbach got the win, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking one.

Minnesota State (34-8, 18-2 in NSIC) will play a doubleheader against Augustana starting at noon today in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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