Emporia State softball advances to Regional Championship


Emporia State 3, Minnesota State 2 

Emporia State got two runs in the top of the seventh and then held on for a 3-2 victory over host Minnesota State. The Hornets stayed alive using eight hits and playing error free defense.

At the plate for the Hornets Andrea Piezuch hit a two run home run in the top of the seventh. Kaitlyn Caston and Jacie Stephens scored runs while Madison Rich added a run driven in.

In the circle Caston allowed just seven hits and struck out one to pick up the win.

Emporia State 13, Central Oklahoma 2
Emporia State exploded for eight runs in the second inning as the run-ruled Central Oklahoma to stay alive in the NCAA Division II Central Regional. The Hornets had 15 hits and overcome four errors to advance to the regional championship game.

For ESU at the plate Jessica Gragg was two for three with a home run, three runs scored and four runs driven in. Kaitlyn Caston went two for three with two runs scored and two driven in and a home run. Madison Rich scored two runs and also drove in two runs as did Jacie Stevens. Andrea Piezuch was a perfect four for four with two runs scored and two driven in.

For the Bronchos at the plate Kaylee Brunson scored a run and Ally Dziadula was two for three with an RBI. In the circle for ESU Caston pitched all five allowing just four hits to earn her second win of the day.

Emporia State advances to face Southeastern Oklahoma State needing to win two to win the regional championship with a first pitch of 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 11.

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