Rothbauer was named All-GLVC
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University softball team will face Lewis
at 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Thursday in the opening round of the
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional at Edwardsville, Ill.
the NCAA Tournament with a 38-19 record and is the No. 5 seed. Lewis,
which has defeated NKU three times in four meetings this season,
owns a 39-13 record and is the No. 4 seed.
This past weekend,
Lewis knocked off NKU twice at the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament. NKU is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the
NCAA Division II Tournament. The Norse are the two-time defending
Great Lakes Region champions.
PLAYERS HONORED: Four NKU players were named All-Great
Lakes Valley Conference. Ricki Rothbauer, Heather Cotner and Katybeth
Coode each were named to the GLVC’s first team. The Norse’s
Sarah King earned a spot on the second team.
a senior second baseman from Louisville, Ky., is batting .371 with
a team-leading 72 hits. She also has nine doubles and is second
on the team in runs scored with 41. Rothbauer currently ranks No.
4 in NKU history with 226 career hits.
Cotner, a senior
left fielder from Sunman, Ind., leads NKU with 42 runs scored. She
is also batting .326 with three home runs and 34 runs batted in.
Coode, a freshman
designated player from Louisville, Ky., is batting .321 with 11
doubles and two home runs.
Vogelpohl has 11 career homers
King, a sophomore
catcher/outfielder from Louisville, Ky., leads NKU in hitting with
a .405 batting average. King also ranks first on the team in home
runs (6), RBI (43) and doubles (14).
SOURCE: King’s six home runs this spring have tied
the NKU single-season record. She enters the NCAA Tournament with
88 career RBI, which ranks No. 3 in school history.
SOURCE, PART II: NKU enters the NCAA Tournament with a
school-record 27 home runs this season. Norse senior Rachele Vogelpohl
has four homers this season, and she ranks No. 2 in NKU history
in that category with 11.
two home runs to tie the NKU all-time record of 13, held by Krista
SETS NKU FRESHMAN RECORD: NKU’s Amanda Smith owns
a 22-10 record in the circle this spring. She is just the second
freshman in Norse history to reach the 20-win plateau.
finished 20-5 in 2002 to become the first NKU pitcher to win 20
games. Smith’s 22 victories are the most ever recorded by
an NKU freshman. The most wins by a Norse pitcher in a season is
32, set by Krystal Lewallen in 2005.
AGO IN THE GREAT LAKES REGIONAL: NKU won three straight
games to capture the 2005 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region title,
beating Ferris State (9-1), SIUE (2-0) and Northwood (2-0). Those
games were played at Highland Heights, Ky.
AGAINST THE GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: NKU is 4-6 this season
in head-to-head competition against teams in the Great Lakes Region
field. NKU is 1-3 against Lewis. The Norse split doubleheaders against
Wayne State, SIUE and Southern Indiana.