SE Drops Opener at Regional

No. 2 Southeastern saw its 17-game winning streak come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division II Central 2 Regional as the second-seeded Savage Storm suffered an 11-3 loss to seventh-seeded Winona State on Friday afternoon in Mankato, Minn.

SE slipped to 44-8 on the season and suffered its first loss since March 29.

The Storm will now face Augustana in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and with a win in that contest will play the final game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in another elimination game.

Southeastern fell in an early hole as WSU opened the contest by sending 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scoring six runs on five hits with one SE error.

The Storm got a run back in the bottom of the first inning as Jessica Simmons, who singled to lead off the game, scored on a Courtney Moore single.

Simmons would single and score again in the third inning, while time on a Mindy McElroy single to cut the gap to 6-2.

The Warriors, however, put two more runs on the board in the top of the fourth on three hits and pushed the advantage to 8-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, McElroy reached on a fielder's choice and went first-to-third on a Lauren Renneker single.

She would score one batter later on a Laramie Beal RBI single to make the score 8-3, but the Storm would leave the bases loaded to end the inning.

WSU took advantage of back-to-back one out walks in the top of the sixth and then got three singles to bring in three runs and push the edge to 11-3.

Courtney Riddle would reach on a one-out double, but SE was unable to drive her home to extend the game as the Storm fell in six innings 11-3.

Simmons finished the contest 2-for-4 with a pair of runs score, while Paige Priest added a 2-for-3 outing.

Moore, McElroy and Beal each picked up RBI as the Storm finished with 11 hits for the contests as a team.

McElroy suffered the loss, her third of the year, falling to 21-3 after tossing three innings and allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits.

Jacee Bennett came on in the fourth inning and threw the final three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

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