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April 17, 2014

Lady Vikings softball drops two of three to Valparaiso

By Lalita Smith

The Cleveland State University Softball team lost two in a three game series they played this past weekend against Valparaiso. Although they ended Saturday in a two game split, they couldn’t come through with a win Sunday losing the finale 7-6.

Despite the loss of the series, a bright spot for the team this season has been junior Alex Radjen, who last week was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

The previous week Radjen helped lead the team to a record of 5-1 on the week and boasted 18 strikeouts in 17 innings.

The Vikings have played well this season—in particular their pitching has been superb, thanks to the excellent performances of sophomore Susan Knight, junior Alex Radjen and senior Sara Shields—who currently hold a combined ERA of 2.62.

On April 2, the Vikings swept a doubleheader from the University of Niagara Purple Eagles, in which Knight pitched a complete game in the opener and sophomore Erica McNew was 2-2 with two runs and an RBI in game two.

Game one went into extra innings and ended in an international rules tiebreaker, which the Vikings won 5-4 after a walk-off single by McNew to score senior Hannah Yoe for the winning run.

Head coach Rebecca Norris described game one in a post-game interview as “awesome” and praised the numerous clutch hits by her team during the game.

After Sunday’s loss the Vikings drop to 2-3 in conference play and hold an overall record of 18-13.