Homers Help Spartans Split Series with Indiana

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State softball saw a conference sweep slip away Sunday afternoon at Old College Field as Indiana picked up the game two win, 9-8, after the Spartans won the first contest, 2-0. MSU is now 23-21 overall and an even 7-7 in Big Ten action, while the Hoosiers earned their 13th win of the season, and are 13-31 overall and 3-11 in league play.

In game two, Jessica Bracamonte crushed out her first career home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, a three-run shot that gave MSU a 6-2 lead. Earlier in the inning, Traci Nicosia drove in Karen Fox with an RBI double, and bumped Gina Mondo to third. Both Nicosia and Mondo scored on Bracamonte's homer.

But Indiana wasn't finished as they posted three runs in the sixth with two home runs and four runs in the seventh with another dinger and an RBI double, to go up 9-6, and force MSU to rally in the final inning. And the Spartans tried to mount a comeback as Bracamonte once again came up big for the Green and White with an RBI fielder's choice. But with two outs on the board. the Hoosiers' shortstop Emily Bergeson snagged a line drive to end the game.

Earlier in the first inning, Kara Weigle hit a solo home run as the Spartans took the 1-0 advantage, but Indiana responded in the third with a homer and an RBI single.

Game one came down to the final at bat, as Bianca Mejia sent an 0-1 pitch out of the park, and tacked up the deciding two runs for the win. Lesley Noel pitched the entire game and struck out two Hoosiers.

Michigan State stays home for Tuesday and Wednesday games this week. MSU hosts Bowling Green on April 22 at 4 p.m., and Oakland on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in a doubleheader at Old College Field.

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