Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bashak leads CSU in season finale

Elyria’s Megan Bashak had three hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead Cleveland State over Valparaiso, 5-1, completing a weekend sweep on Sunday afternoon at Viking Field in Cleveland.

The win allowed CSU to end the regular season with a 42-13 record and in first place in the Horizon League with a 22-2 record. It is the most wins ever by the Vikings, also setting a league record for conference victories in a season (old record was 17 by CSU last year).

Cleveland State will host the Horizon League Championship starting Thursday at Viking Field, entering the tourney as the No. 1.

"We came out ready to play all weekend and it showed on the field," Elyria native and CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said on the team’s website. "Today's game didn't mean anything in the conference race but our kids have a lot of pride and they wanted to show that they are the best team in the conference.

"We hit the ball really hard today and found the gaps. I don't like that we left nine runners on base, but that shows how many opportunities we had today."

CSU got its second run in the fourth when Bashak led off with a double, went to third on a fly ball by Keystone’s Jessica Burt and scored on a single by Elyria’s Tess Sito.

The Vikings will now have off until Thursday when they open the defense of their Horizon League Championship title when they play the winner of No. 4 Valparaiso vs. No. 5 Green Bay game beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Viking Field.

For the season, Sito and Burt are 1-2 in hitting. Sito is batting .436 (72-for-165) with nine doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. The home runs are most ever by a freshman at CSU. Burt is batting .333 (60-for-180) with 16 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 26 RBIs. Sito and Burt are also 1-2 in steals (Sito-39, Burt-28).

Bashak is batting .244 (29-for-119) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 22 RBIs. Elyria's Andrea Nagy is also on the team. She has made nine appearance, including seven starts. She is batting . 211 (4-for-19) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs.

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