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May 13, 2013

Winona ends MSU's softball season

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In the top of the fifth, Tatum Klein singled, stole second and came around on Lindsay Erickson’s base hit for a 3-2 MSU lead. Winona State tied it again in the bottom of the sixth as two walks and a single loaded the bases before Piotrowski smacked a run-scoring base hit

Both teams had opportunities in extra innings but it was the Warriors who capitalized first. A leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth by Jordan Petersen, a single by Walker and a walk to Lintz set the stage for Stewart’s heroics.

MSU coach Lori Meyer tipped her hat to the Warriors when it was over.

“Give them credit, they’re a good team,” she said. “They came in here and played the most consistent defense and offense of all the teams here this weekend. And Ashley Walker is a very good pitcher.”

Senior right-hander Courtney McKelvogue went the distance for the Mavericks, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, fanning one and walking four. She completed her final campaign with a 25-9 record.

After walking off the field for the final time, the always cool and calm McKelvogue reflected on the end of her career. The special education major will be graduating in December and has plans to get married next May.

“I thought about (the end) a little bit a couple of weeks ago,” she said. “It’s kind of bittersweet. Would I have rather gone to the national finals than lose here, of course, but it was going to end at some point and you have to move on.”

Senior Lauryn Morris was disappointed with the loss and said she’ll need some time to absorb it.

“You don’t think about how quick it’s going to end,” she said. “But I enjoy the game and I love helping younger girls get better so I’m sure, at some point’, I’ll get back involved in it.”

Winona takes a 37-12 record into the Super Regional. MSU ends the 2013 season at 40-12.

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