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Minnesota State Mankato beat top-seeded Angelo State 5-1 Sunday in the first game of their best-of-three championship series in the NCAA Division II women's softball College World Series in Salem, Va.
Takuma Sato held off Helio Castroneves as the duo fought for the lead over the closing laps.
His No. 3 took the lead when Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas with two laps remaining.
His no-look pass set up the only goal in the Loons' win over Orlando on Saturday.
One of the bigger story lines heading into the series is how Nashville's centers are going to match up against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, particularly with Ryan Johansen (thigh surgery) out and banged-up Mike Fisher not 100 percent.