Lorenz scores the go-ahead run
Ky. - This could not have been scripted any better for Northern
Kentucky University’s four seniors, each of whom played big
roles in a sweep of Quincy on Saturday.
Due to the
threat of rain forecasted for Sunday, NKU moved its Senior Day festivities
up to Saturday afternoon as the Norse hosted Quincy. During a 6-1
NKU win in the opener, senior left fielder Heather Cotner went 3-for-4
and scored twice, while senior second baseman Ricki Rothbauer added
two hits and scored a run.
Rachele Vogelpohl added a hit and several fine defensive plays in
the opener as the Norse cruised behind freshman pitcher Amanda Smith’s
In the second
game, senior center fielder Kara Lorenz scored the go-ahead run
in the bottom of the sixth inning as NKU rallied for a 4-3 victory.
That came after Rothbauer tied the score at 3-all with a clutch
two-out single up the middle that drove in Katybeth Coode.
out to a 2-0 lead in the second game as Sarah King laced a two-run
double in the first inning. Quincy, however, used home runs from
Jasmyn Wentland and Teresa Bertelli to even the score at 2-all after
a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Missy Weaver.
NKU battled back as Cara Parker led off with a walk, and Coode followed
by putting down a sacrifice bunt that Quincy pitcher Kory Paul fielded
and threw to second attempting to force Parker.
The throw was
late, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Jenny Weis
followed with a sacrifice which put runners on second and third
with one out. Lorenz attempted to squeeze in Parker from third,
but Parker was thrown out at the plate by Paul.
Rothbauer hauls in the final out
Rothbauer to the plate, and she delivered a tying single up the
middle. Cotner followed with a ground ball up the middle that was
gloved on a nice play by second baseman Mary Wiedman. Wiedman, however,
threw wildly trying to force Rothbauer at second, and Lorenz scored
to give NKU a 4-3 lead.
in the seventh by loading the bases with no outs. A force play at
home prevented Quincy from tying the game, and Smith worked out
of the jam by inducing the Hawks to hit infield pop ups for the
final two outs.
the final out of the game, a pop up off the bat of Audra Heimer
that NKU’s senior second baseman caught in foul territory
down the first-base line.
King was 2-for-4
with two RBI for NKU, which improved to 33-17 overall, 13-9 in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference. Smith picked up her second victory
of the day by pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
her record to 18-9 this season, and she needs two victories to become
just the second freshman in Norse history to reach the 20-win plateau.
Emily Breitholle also won 20 games for NKU in 2002.
to 23-25 overall, 8-14 in the GLVC. The two losses eliminated Quincy
from GLVC Tournament contention. Weather permitting, NKU is scheduled
to play host to Missouri-St. Louis at noon Sunday.
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