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Mavericks Pitcher Throws No-Hitter Against Devils in Season Opener

Minnesota State-Mankato's Kristen Fah tossed a 1-0 no-hitter against the University of the Sciences women's softball team as the Devils opened their 2012 season at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday.

The Mavericks are 7-3 with the win while the Devils start their season at 0-1.

Fah (1-0) limited the Devils offense to just one baserunner as Erin Summers reached on an infield error in the fourth and later stole second.  

Pitching was also solid on both sides as Sciences' Julie Shaw  (0-1) pitched six innings giving up just the one run on five hits, all singles, while striking out three and walking one.

The game's lone run came in the second inning as Chelsea Erickson reached on a fielder's choice and scored all the way from first on a single off the bat of  Chelsea Riordan.

The Devils lost their second game of the day, falling to Ashland University 9-0 in five innings.

Ashland got to USciences starter Courtney Spina early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning and adding two more in the third on a two-run home run from Taylor Menhart to lead 7-0.   The Devils got their first hit of the season in the second inning, a single off the bat of Haley Kavelak, but that was the Devils only baserunner until a fifth inning single by Laura Pietropola. Eleven of Sciences 17 batters struck out over the course of the game.

Spina took the loss to fall to 0-1.  Ashland's Emlyn Knarem got the win. 

The Devils will face Southern Indiana University and Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday.