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MSU softball reaches 1,000 win milestone

March 4, 2015

With their 9-3 win against FIU last weekend, MSU (10-8 overall) celebrated their 1,000th win as a program.

“As for 1,000 wins, that’s just what it is, a program win,” head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “So many players are a part of reaching this milestone, and the tribute is to everyone who has won the Green and White.”

The Spartans are now one of five Big Ten teams to reach the milestone, putting them in elite company with teams such as Iowa, Minnesota and all-time Big Ten leader Michigan.

In the midst of securing the win, the Spartans also broke a four-game losing streak. The final score was 4-3 and lifted the Spartans to 10-8 on the season.

Senior McKinzie Freimuth led the attack on FIU going 2-for-4, collecting an RBI and also scoring two runs. Junior third baseman Shannin Thomas was right behind her going 1-for-3 with three RBI helping secure the win on the offensive side.

Defensively pitching excelled with junior Kristina Zalewski pitching a complete game and earning the win. She scattered nine hits and struck out six FIU batters on the way to collecting her sixth win on the year.

The Spartans were in a groove from the opening inning with Mckinzie Freimuth doubling to center, advancing to third on a passed ball, and then coming home on a groundout by Shanin Thomas.

In the bottom of the fourth FIU was able to get into the swing of things by putting three runs on the board starting with a lead off single, followed by stolen base, then getting a run scored of a double by Stephanie Texeira. They were able to tack on two more runs putting them up at the end of the inning 3-1.

The very next inning the Spartans were able to get it right back, doing so with two outs. The Spartans put together four hits in a row from the top of lineup, which resulted in three runs and them being back on top at 4-3.

The game went scoreless from there, making the milestone possible.

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