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College Softball: Ridgewater gets 22 hits in sweep of Minnesota West

WORTHINGTON -- The Ridgewater Lady Warriors (10-2, 14-7) continued to spank the ball while sweeping Minnesota West 11-4 and 7-3 Thursday in MCAC South softball.

The Lady Warriors amassed 22 hits in the two games.

Victories went to Heather Thoma and Molly Anderson.

Ashley Schmeling pounded out two doubles and a single while driving in two runs in the first game. Tara Thielke, Aubrey Wren and Kim Brill had two hits each.

Thoma spaced 10 hits while giving up three runs. She walked one and struck out four.

Defensive sparks were provided by right fielder Tina Queenan, who threw out a runner at first base in the second game and by left fielder Tara Thielke, who made two running catches at the foul line.

Brill had a single and a solo homer in the second game. Danyel Stoufer also had two hits.

Anderson worked the first four innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Kristin Kahle earned the save with three hitless innings of relief, walking none and striking out one.

Ridgewater 11, Minnesota West 4

Ridgewater 311 204 0 -- 11 13 2

Minnesota W. 000 031 0 -- 4 10 6

HITTING - Ridgewater: Kristin Kahle 1-for-1, Alex Olson 1-for-2, 2b; Tara Thielke 2-for-5, Ashley Schmeling 3-for-5, 2 2bs, 2 rbi; Jodi Merritt 1-for-5, 2b; Aubrey Wren 2-for-4, rbi; Steph Rhea 1-for-3, Kim Brill 2-for-3 ... Minnesota West: Rachel Pauelko 2-for-4, Amanda Meyer 2-for-4, rbi; G.P. Vaske 2-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi; Anna Solem 2-for-4, Lydia Mick 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Heather Thoma (W) 7-10-4-3-1-4 ... Minnesota West: Mel Anderson (L) 7-13-11-7-3-2

Ridgewater 7, Minnesota West 3

Ridgewater 310 201 0 -- 7 9 2

Minnesota West. 000 030 0 -- 3 5 4

HITTING - Ridgewater: Danyel Stoufer 2-for-5, Tina Queenan 1-for-4, Tara Thielke 1-for-4, 3b; Jodi Merritt 1-for-4, Aubrey Wren 1-for-3, rbi; Step Rhea 1-for-3, Kim Brill 2-for-3, solo HR, rbi ... Minnesota West: G.P. Veske 1-for-3, Dani Jo Thorson 1-for-3, Lydia Mick 1-for-3, Breanna Rients 1-for-3, Rachel Pauelke 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Molly Anderson (W) 4-5-3-2-2-0, Kristin Kahle (S) 3-0-0-0-0-1 ... Minnesota West: Mel Anderson (L) 7-9-7-4-2-0