Winona State softball star Kleman praises team for pushing her to new heights

The entire Winona State softball team was surprised when they hit eight home runs in their first two games of the season, but what wasn’t a surprise was how senior Jordyn Kleman performed from the circle on opening day.

The All-American and former Logan pitcher recorded a shutout in her first start of 2020 to continue one of the best pitching careers in all of Division II. Last year, Kleman posted a 1.58 ERA in over 200 innings of work, along with 240 strikeouts and a record 29 wins.

Kleman is also just the second Warrior ever to win two NSIC Pitcher of the Year awards, and she says it’s her teammates that motivate her to raise the bar each year.

“I think just coming to practice every day with a new goal–setting those goals for the season, and then just coming here and having my teammates push me,” Kleman said. “I want to be better for them, so I work for them each day. We have a really good pitching staff here, so we all push each other. I think that makes it more competitive and gives me something to work for.”

Winona State competed Friday at the Lewis Dome Invitational in Rosemont, Ill. Winona State fell to third-ranked Grand Valley State 5-1 in their first game, but then beat Findlay 6-3. The Warriors are now 3-1 overall.