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Michigan State Stuns In State Rival Michigan In Big 10 Softball Tournament

 

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The Spartans celebrate their huge upset victory

 

There were a lot of disappointed fans Wilpon Field Friday as the Michigan State Spartans took down heavily favored 17th rank and second-seeded Michigan5-4. The Spartans battled back and scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead using a leadoff hit-by-pitch and four singles to retake the lead and earn their second straight comeback win in the tournament.

Kaitlyn Eveland knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. Lea Forrester’s RBI double and Kelcey Carrasco’s game-tying bloop single also helped the Spartans rally from a 4-2 deficit entering the inning.

Ramirez drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and advanced to second on a groundout to put the tying run in scoring position, but a popup to third base ended the game and eliminated Michigan from the tournament.

The Wolverines plated two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to rally from an initial two-run deficit. Junior rightfielder Aidan Falk got Michigan on the board with a sacrifice fly to leftfield, but senior third baseman Lindsay Montemarano evened the score with a bouncing single up the middle.

Sophomore second baseman Faith Canfield, who along with Ramirez led U-M with two hits, sliced a two-run single down the leftfield line, dropping it just fair on the line, to drive in the go-ahead runs. Senior centerfielder Kelly Christner kickstarted the surge with a two-strike double — also down the leftfield line. Michigan carried the 4-2 lead into the seventh.

Lea Foerster went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Spartans. Bridgette Rainey picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings. She relieved starter Kristina Zalewski in the fifth for MSU, which hasn’t won this many games since going 33-26 in 2006-07. Senior Michigan RHP Megan Betsa (23-8) took the loss — Michigan’s first at home this season — after giving up eight hits and four walks. She struck out six.

“Any time you can beat a team that’s consistently perennial is great,” said MSU coach Jacquie Joseph. “(To beat) a top-ten team in the country, and to win at their place with the crowd, I thought our kids just showed tremendous poise. It’s a very difficult place to play if you watch the game, our kids were really unfazed. And that’s not an easy thing to do. it’s a big program win, no question.”

Michigan (41-11-1) had won 36 straight home games and 19 straight over MSU, dating back to 2009. The comeback comes a day after Michigan State erased a three-run deficit in the sixth inning to eliminate Indiana, 8-7, on Thursday.

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Awards Keep Coming For Chelsea Field Hockey’s Maggie Cole

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Chelsea’s Maggie Cole hurdles a Pioneer player in the State Championship Game

Chelsea Field Hockey Senior Maggie Cole first started playing field hockey in seventh grade and was a natural. It was like the athletic Cole was tailor made for the sport. She has excelled at it on all levels and has received much deserved recognition for it.

And this season was no different as she led her Chelsea team in goals and points scored helping lead her team to their first Division 1 regular season title and to the state championship game. And she didn’t do it alone as Chelsea had more players than any other school voted to the MHSFHA first team all state team, 4 players.

As well as being named Division 1 1st Team All-State, Cole was chosen for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Midwest Region team for an unprecedented third time! For a young 18 year old that is a rare and outstanding achievement.

“I am so proud of myself for achieving this award for a third time,” Cole said. “It took lot of hard work, and I couldn’t have done this without my coaches, teammates, and my family. This selection was a good reminder to me that I am ready for college play at MSU, but I need to work even harder to put my stamp on the program.”

Cole was also chosen as Division 1  State Runner-Up, as well as the MVP  of Chelsea Field Hockey. Cole will attend Michigan State University (MSU) in the Fall of 2016. On November 11th Cole signed her letter of intent. She will also be spending much of her spring and summer playing on travel field hockey teams.

Not only is Cole an overachiever on the field she is one off of it too as she has a 3.9 grade point average and is in National Honor Society (NHS). She also is the starting guard on the Chelsea basketball field. She spends what little free time she has at her job, doing homework, going to movies, and hanging out with her friends.

Cole is the daughter of Jennifer Tracht and Matt Cole, both of Chelsea. She has an older sister Mackenzie who attends MSU and also excelled at sports. She also has a twin sister, Meghan, who also excels at field hockey and will be playing in the Fall with her “older” sister at MSU.

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