Smith lines a two-run single vs. SIUE
Ky. - Ricki Rothbauer smacked a two-out double in the bottom of
the seventh inning to drive in Kara Lorenz with the winning run
as Northern Kentucky University defeated Southern Illinois at Edwardsville,
2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Sabra McCune retired the first two batters in the seventh, but she
hit Lorenz with a pitch to bring Rothbauer to the plate. A passed
ball advanced Lorenz to second, and Rothbauer then lined a shot
down the left-field line to drive in Lorenz and give NKU the walkoff
a senior second baseman and an NCAA Division II first team All-American
last season, now has seven doubles and 16 runs batted in this spring.
She is also hitting .336 this season.
hit a solo home run over the left-field fence in the fourth inning
to give NKU a 1-0 lead. SIUE, however, tied the score at 1-all with
a run in the fifth inning.
just two hits and finished with 10 strikeouts for SIUE, which is
ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. She did allow
four walks and also hit two batters.
pitcher Amanda Smith scattered five hits and picked up her 12th
win of the season.
In the nightcap,
SIUE scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to
snap a 2-all tie and held on for a 3-2 win. Ashley Price opened
the seventh with a walk, and she was replaced at first base by pinch-runner
Katy Biggs. After Biggs advanced to second on a sacrifice, Amy Rogers
stepped to the plate with one out.
a run for SIUE by stealing third and scoring on a throwing error
by NKU catcher Sarah King on the same play. McCune, who relieved
starting pitcher Kaitlin Colosimo in the sixth inning, picked up
the win for the Cougars.
a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Smith lined a
bases-loaded single down the third-base line to drive in Vogelpohl
and pinch-runner Jenny Weis to tie the score at 2-all. NKU later
loaded the bases with two outs, but McCune retired Heather Cotner
on a grounder to second to end the threat.
SIUE is 29-5
overall, 7-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. NKU is 22-12
overall, 6-6 in the GLVC.
NKU will meet
Southern Indiana at noon Sunday in another GLVC doubleheader. The
Screaming Eagles are 21-12 overall, 5-3 in the GLVC.
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