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Cowgirls sweep series, clinch spot in Southland tournament

Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 6:39 PM

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McNeese State’s softball team clinched a conference tournament spot and completed the weekend sweep of Lamar Sunday with a 5-0 shutout.

The Cowgirls completed the series sweep after defeating the Lady Cardinals in a Saturday doubleheader.

Ashley Modzelewski continued to swing a hot bat collecting two of the five Cowgirl hits and another two walks on the day, including a two-RBI double in the sixth inning.

Senior Meagan Bond (17-4) picked up a win on senior day with a complete game. Bond gave up two hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.

McNeese (35-11, 16-3 SLC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases loaded-walk by Taylor Goree that scored Alanna DiVittorio.

After 312 scoreless innings, McNeese added two runs on three hits in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 3-0. Hits by Emily Vincent, Modzelewski and Taylor Goree sparked the inning, as well as a RBI sacrifice fly by senior Marissa Koetting.

McNeese extended its lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Walks by DiVittorio and Lagner set up a Modzelewski double to left center, scoring both DiVittorio and Langner for the 5-0 lead.

McNeese has two SLC road series left on the schedule, the first being next week at Sam Houston State. The Cowgirls conclude the regular season at Nicholls on May 4-5.

The Southland Conference Tournament is scheduled for May 9-11 in Natchitoches.

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