NEW ULM - The New Ulm softball team got a dominating pitching performance from senior Kelsy Kannegiesser, who struck out 11 and allowed only one hit as the Eagles defeated Marshall 5-0 in nonconference softball action Tuesday at Harman Park.
Kannegiesser had a no-hitter until the sixth inning. There, Miranda Fischer singled with one out but later got caught stealing to end any threat by the Tigers.
Kannegiesser not only got it done on the mound, but she homered and also drove in three runs to help her own cause.
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New Ulm pitcher Kelsy Kannegiesser winds up to deliver a pitch during the Eagles’ win against Marshall Tuesday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
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"Since we didn't attack as aggressively at the plate, it was really nice to have the confidence that she was going to shut them down so we wouldn't have to press so hard at the plate," New Ulm coach Kristi Andersen said. "I think offensively, we've got more than we had in us and we put the ball in the air way too much tonight."
Kannegiesser gave herself all of the run support she needed with an RBI single in the bottom of the first that scored Kristen Forstner.
The Eagles added two more runs in the third inning, going up 2-0 when Jill Gareis scored on a passed ball. Kannegiesser delivered another RBI single that scored Brittany Hoffmann to put the Eagles up 3-0.
While Kannegiesser was taking care of business at the plate, she was doing her fair share on the mound too. She struck out eight consecutive batters at one point to keep the Tigers hitless early on.
New Ulm added another run in the fifth inning when Gareis scored from second on a sacrifice bunt, and Kannegiesser hit a solo home run deep to center for the game's final run. She pitched all seven innings for the win.
Fischer was tagged for the loss for the Tigers. She gave up six hits and all five runs.
New Ulm got two hits and two runs from Gareis. Forstner, Hoffmann and Kannegiesser also scored a single run for the Eagles.
New Ulm (2-0, 1-0 in South Central Conference) continues SCC play at Blue Earth Area on Thursday.