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SMSU SOFTBALL: Mustangs ready to host Wayne State today

Independent file photo SMSU’s Emma Grote swings at a pitch during their game against Winona State on April 11. SMSU will face Wayne State today.

MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University softball team (18-12, 9-7 NSIC) returns home to face Wayne State College (4-24, 1-15 NSIC) today with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Mustang Field.

•The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was pushed back one day because of expected poor weather.

•Following today’s games, SMSU will continue play at home with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend facing Minot State on Saturday at 1 p.m. and UMary on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Game coverage

•Live video and stats for today’s games will be available at SMSUmustangs.com.

About Wayne State

•WSC begins play today with a 4-24 overall record, 1-15 in the NSIC.

•The Wildcats have lost five straight, including four last weekend at UMary and at Minot State.

•WSC is led by Kim Vidlak, who is batting .383 (36 for 94) with six doubles, two triples and 12 RBI.

•Kortney Buresh is hitting .350 (35 for 100) with a pair of doubles and seven stolen bases.

•The Wildcats are batting .286 and averaging 3.5 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 7.45 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 176 1/3 innings.

Series history vs. Wayne State

•SMSU and WSC have meet 59 times since the 1986 season with SMSU leading 32-27.

•SMSU has won the last seven meetings since April 5, 2016.

•WSC won 12 of the previous 14 games prior to SMSU’s current win-streak.

Mustangs in

the NCAA stats

•In the latest NCAA statistics (April 19), SMSU ranks 22nd nationally in triples, 58th in hits, and 68th in batting average.

•Lileya Kebos is sixth in triples.

•Kali Tomlinson is 32nd in doubles and 66th in RBIs.

•Emma Grote is 33rd in hits and 62nd in batting average.

— Content courtesy

of SMSU Athletic

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