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College Softball: Ridgewater gets home sweep of Fergus

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater Lady Warriors softball team collected two more wins Wednesday as they swept a MCAC Southern Division doubleheader with Fergus Falls.

Andrea Krause improved to 15-2 on the year by spinning a one-hitter with nine strikeouts in the first game to pace Ridgewater to a 6-1 win at the college field.

The Lady Warriors then erupted for nine extra-base hits in the second game en route to posting a 16-5 rout in five innings.

It was the fifth straight win for the division-leading Lady Warriors, who moved up to No. 2 in the latest NJCAA Division III softball poll.

Ridgewater (19-2, 27-6) hosts Minnesota West on Friday for another division twin bill before wrapping up the regular season on Saturday against Riverland at 11 a.m. in Waite Park.

The Ridgewater vs. Riverland game, which was the second game of a doubleheader that was postponed due to rain on April 22 in Willmar, will start up in the bottom of the third inning with Ridgewater leading 11-5.

Game One

Ridgewater 6, Fergus Falls 1

A 1-0 Ridgewater lead ballooned to 4-0 after Emily Roelike slugged a two-run double and Brandi Bodin hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

Sara Beyer capped the scoring for Ridgewater by hitting an RBI single in a two-run fifth inning.

Fergus Falls 001 000 0 -- 1 1 4

Ridgewater 130 020 x -- 6 7 1

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Abby Rademacher 1-for-1 ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Brandi Bodin 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Sara Beyer 1-for-3, rbi; Andrea Krause 1-for-3; Bevin Williams 1-for-3; Jen Storck 1-for-3; Samantha Cunningham 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Steph Hahn (L) 6-7-6-3-2-2 ... Ridgewater: Andrea Krause (W) 7-1-1-0-2-9

Game Two

Ridgewater 16, Fergus Falls 5

The Lady Warriors scored eight runs in the first inning. Emily Roelike highlighted the outburst by doubling twice with the second one driving in two runs.

Eight doubles and a home run were included in Ridgewater's 14-hit attack. Roelike had three doubles while Amanda Horst and Samantha Cunningham had two apiece. Bevin Williams was 3-for-3. Brandi Bodin put Ridgewater ahead 11-4 by driving in two runs with an inside-the-park home run din the third.

Shannon Heitz earned the win.

Fergus Falls 013 10 -- 5 9 3

Ridgewater 812 5x -- 16 14 1

HITTING - Fergus Falls: Jacqui Haarstad 1-for-3, 3b; Tanika Nguyen 2-for-3, rbi; Whitney Swanson 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Katie Fredrickson 1-for-2, rbi ... Ridgewater: Emily Roelike 3-for-4, 3 2b's, 4 rbi; Brandi Bodin 1-for-3, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Sara Beyer 1-for-4, rbi; Whitley Strei 1-for-3; Bevin Williams 3-for-3, 2b, rbi; Jen Storck 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Amanda Horst 2-for-3, 2 2b's, 2 rbi; Samantha Cunningham 3-for-3, 2 2b's, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Fergus Falls: Steph Hahn (L) 3-9-11-10-0-0, Tanika Nguyen 1-5-5-4-0-0 ... Ridgewater: Shannon Heitz (W) 5-9-5-5-3-2