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Kleman leads her team to an outright NSIC title, eager for the post-season

Winona, Minn. (WXOW)- Winona State softball pitcher Jordyn Kleman is the NSIC pitcher of the week for the 8th time in her career. She is leading a team that finished conference play with a perfect 30-0 record and the outright conference title.

The NSIC can’t figure Kleman out as she just pitched her 7th career no-hitter against Wayne State, her 2nd no-hitter in as many weeks.

“I think you really just have to not think about it,” Kleman said. “Just trust that your defense is going to make plays for you, and they always do for me. Taking it one pitch at a time and just working on getting outs and not thinking too much about throwing an no-hitter.”

“No hitters are just hard,” Head Coach Greg Jones said. “It’s just not that easy. We’ve had some elite level pitchers in this league not do what she’s doing. Some really elite level pitchers in our program not do what she’s doing, so it’s amazing.”

She also leads the conference in wins (24), opponent batting average (.165), and ranks third in ERA (1.59).

Kleman is well-known in the Coulee Region as she graduated from La Crosse Logan High School and was the star of the 2015 state championship softball team.

“That year she won a state title, man, It was fun to watch all year long,” Jones said. “We tried to get as many games as we could.”

“That was a big part of my decision coming here is that it was pretty close to home, and I knew that I would have that support system so close to me. It’s made it so much more fun. ”

The Warriors are now embarking on their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance. The farthest the team has made it in the post-season is the World Series in 2009. They have a chance to make history this year.

Winona State begins the NSIC Tournament May 2nd in Rochester.

Karley Marotta

Weekend Sports Anchor

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