Ill. - Amanda Smith pitched her way into Northern Kentucky University
history last weekend by setting a Norse record for victories by
Smith added another unforgettable moment to her 2006 season during
the opening round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament.
This time, however, it was Smith’s hitting that produced the
two-out single to right field drove in Ricki Rothbauer from second
base with the go-ahead run as NKU defeated Lewis, 2-1. The fifth-seeded
Norse advanced and will meet eighth-seeded Grand Valley State -
a 3-2 victor over host and top-seeded Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
- at 4 p.m. Friday in the winner’s bracket.
off the seventh for NKU with a single to center off reliever Julie
Wingerter. Heather Cotner followed with a sacrifice bunt that advanced
Rothbauer to second, but Wingerter struck out Sarah King to bring
Smith to the plate.
ahead in the count to 1-2, but Smith lined the next pitch into right
field. Lewis right fielder Lisa Gartland made a perfect throw to
the plate, but Rothbauer just avoided the tag by catcher Mallory
Paine with a nifty slide to the outside.
the fourth-seeded Flyers in order in the bottom of the seventh to
notch her 23rd win of the season, but the final two outs were anything
With one out,
Robin Martz fouled off a bunt attempt by popping up the ball behind
the plate. NKU catcher Jenny Weis turned and made an outstanding
diving catch to retire the dangerous Martz.
to the plate with two out and drilled a liner down the third-base
line. NKU third baseman Cara Parker, however, denied Paine’s
bid for an extra-base hit by hauling in the liner to end the game.
Weis and Shatona Campbell each collected two hits for NKU, which
improved to 39-19. The Norse had just one hit during the first four
innings off Lewis starter Courtney Lyons, but NKU totaled eight
hits in the final three stanzas.
NKU - which
was 1-3 against Lewis this season entering Thursday’s game
- is the two-time defending champion of the Great Lakes Region.