March 16, 2013
Contact: Jeff Sattora
Jackson, Miss- The Cleveland State Vikings' softball team concluded its spring break road trip with two games Saturday afternoon, a win vs. Mississippi Valley State and a loss to Jackson State.
The Vikings picked up their fourth straight victory in game one Saturday, taking down Mississippi Valley State for the second straight day, this time by a score of 5-3.
Rivera-Keahi, who went 3-3 in the game, pushed the Vikings' first run across in the second inning with a double to right field. Her hit scored Alyson Broschk who had singled earlier in the inning.
From that point on it was the Toman show as she went 2-3 at the plate with four RBI's to help secure the win.
The senior's first RBI of the four came in the fifth inning; with CSU down 3-1 Toman's triple to the left side scored Katelind Phillips who reached on an error to lead off the inning. The hit cut the CSU deficit to 3-2.
That 3-2 tally is where the scored stayed until the top of the seventh with CSU at the plate. Following a Katelind Phillips HBP (hit by pitch) and Erica McNew single to lead off the inning, Toman finished her offensive work, blasting a three-run homer to give the Vikings a 5-3 lead and win.
A sophomore and freshman combined on the mound for the win for CSU. Sophomore Alex Radjen improved to 3-1 on the year with the start, allowing no runs and no hits in 3.2 innings of work. Freshman Susan Knight then completed the game allowing three runs in her remaining three innings of relief action.
Unfortunately for the Vikings their win streak ended at four, as they fell to Jackson State 5-4 in game two Saturday night.
Cleveland State had a balanced effort on the offensive side of things vs. the Lady Tigers as five different players picked up hits, with four of those five also knocking in an RBI.
Katelind Phillips (third inning), and Caila Ferro and Janessa Rivera-Keahi (fourth inning) each singled to bring a CSU runner across. Erica McNew then hit her eighth homer of the year in the sixth inning for the Vikings final run.
The homer was McNew's fourth in the last three days. She also leads the team with 17 RBI's on the young season.
The Vikings will be back in action next Saturday when they begin Horizon League play home vs. Detroit with a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.