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The Winona State University softball team takes an 11-game winning streak and 41-5 record into its first game of the NSIC Tournament on Thursday, and two local players have played a big part in the performance to this point.

Logan High School graduate Jordyn Kleman has been a shutdown pitcher, and Onalaska Luther graduate Mariah Schultz has been swinging the bat especially well at the end of the regular season.

Kleman, a sophomore who pitched a perfect game on Saturday, is 18-1 with a 1.63 ERA with 16 complete games, eight shutouts and one save. She has pitched 133 innings and allowed 99 hits with 21 walks and 142 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .205 against Kleman, who has 82 strikeouts in her last 54 innings.

Schultz, a senior outfielder, is batting .346 with two home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI. She also leads the team with 12 stolen bases, has been hit by a pitch a team-high 12 times and ranks third with 43 runs scored.

Schultz is batting .366 (11-for-30) with eight RBI during the Warriors' last 10 games.

Winona State plays its first game at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sherman Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Warriors have a first-round bye and will play an opponent to be determined in the double-elimination format.


Assistant Sports Editor

Todd Sommerfeldt has covered sports for the La Crosse Tribune since 2003 after doing the same previously in the Fox Cities and Rock County.

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