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College Softball: Ridgewater swept by Minnesota West

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West put up 11 runs on the scoreboard in both games of a doubleheader with Ridgewater Wednesday to sweep the twin bill 11-3 in five innings and 11-8 in the Warriors’ MCAC Southern Division opener.

The Bluejays (3-1, 5-4) scored in every inning in the opener and used a four-run fourth inning in the second game to seize control. Brooke Carlson homered in both games for the Warriors, who had only one multi-run inning.

Ridgewater dropped to 5-6 overall and its next scheduled game is next Thursday at Fergus Falls after this weekend’s games against Riverland and Rochester were postponed.

The Warriors had beaten Minnesota West 13-5 on March 22 at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount.

Game One

MN West 11, Ridgewater 3

Carlson knocked in two runs for Ridgewater by singling in the third inning and belting a solo home run with two outs in the fifth.

Datriana Jensen scored the other run for Ridgewater in the fourth after singling, moving to third base on a Brenna Holwerda double and coming home on a passed ball.

Ridgewater    001 11 —  3  7 2

MN West    314 3x — 11 6 3

HITTING – Ridgewater: Kari Shipman 1-for-3; Jessie Kalenberg 1-for-3; Brooke Carlson 2-for-3, solo HR, 2 rbi; Brittany Nissen 1-for-1; Datriana Jensen 1-for-2; Brenna Holwerda 1-for-2, 2b … Minnesota West: Steph Behrens 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Cheyenne Platz 2-for-3, 2b, 3-run HR, 4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Ridgewater: Nissen (L) 3.1-6-11-8-4-3, Alicia Koenen 0.2-0-0-0-0-0 … Minnesota West: Christine Kazemba (W) 5-7-3-1-0-5

Game Two

MN West 11, Ridgewater 8

Carlson gave the Warriors a brief 1-0 lead after belting an RBI double in the first inning. The Bluejays responded by scoring twice in the second, once in the third and four times in the fourth.

Jessie Kalenberg tripled in a run in the fifth before Carlson led off the sixth another solo home run and the Warriors plated three runs in the seventh on a Holwerda single and Brielle Hauge’s two-run triple.

Ridgewater    100 011 3 —  8  10 2

MN West    021 402 x — 11 14 2

HITTING – Ridgewater: Kalenberg 1-for-4, 3b, rbi; Brielle Hauge 2-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi; Carlson 2-for-4, 2b, solo HR, 2 rbi; Holwerda 1-for-4, rbi; Shipman 1-for-4; Jensen 1-for-3; Nissen 1-for-3; Koenen 1-for-3 … Minnesota West: Behrens 4-for-4, 2 2b’s, 2 rbi; Platz 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Kazemba 4-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Ridgewater: Kalenberg (L) 6-14-11-9-1-7 … Minnesota West: Kazemba (W) 7-10-8-5-0-4