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Penn State softball sweeps doubleheader with Michigan State

The Penn State softball team swept its doubleheader against Michigan State on Friday to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.

The Nittany Lions beat the Spartans 7-2 and 11-5 at Beard Field.

In the first game, Penn State (16-14, 5-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and cruised to victory. Kristina Brackpool’s two-run single and Shelby Miller’s two-run home run accounted for the scoring in the inning.

That proved to be enough support for Marlaina Laubach, who allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in a complete-game performance to earn the win.

Macy Jones finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Lexi Knief finished 3 for 4 and scored two runs for the Nittany Lions.

In the second game, Penn State erased an early two-run deficit with a three-run second inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Erin Pond.

Tori Dubois, who went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, had a two-run double in the team’s three-run fifth inning to help the Nittany Lions take the lead for good.

Knief went 3 for 3 and scored two runs, Alyssa VanDerveer went 4 for 4 and scored two runs and Pond finished 2 for 4, scored three runs and drove in four.

Madison Seifert earned the win, and Laubach picked up the save.

Penn State finishes its series against Michigan State at 3 p.m. Saturday.