Ill. - It will all come down to one final game Monday afternoon.
at Edwardsville made sure of that Sunday afternoon by posting an
emphatic 8-0 win over Northern Kentucky University in the NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Regional at Cougar Field. The top-seeded Cougars,
who were forced to come out of the loser’s bracket after a
first-round defeat Thursday in the double-elimination event, will
meet fifth-seeded NKU in a winner-take-all game at 2 p.m. (Eastern
will capture the Great Lakes Region championship and earn a trip
to Salem, Va., for the NCAA Division II World Series.
championship round needing just one victory to capture the Great
Lakes Region title for a third straight year. But the Norse were
overpowered by SIUE pitcher Sabra McCune, who allowed just one hit
and struck out seven in six innings.
Ricki Rothbauer to begin the game, McCune retired 17 consecutive
batters and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with SIUE owning
a 3-0 lead. Rothbauer spoiled McCune’s bid for a no-hitter
with a two-out single to right field.
was then hit by a McCune pitch to put runners on first and second
with two out. Sarah King, however, popped up to second to end the
NKU scoring threat.
in the bottom of the sixth by scoring five times to end the game
via the eight-run mercy rule. Kaeleigh Rousey ended the game with
an run-scoring double to left-center field.
also had two RBI at the plate, improved to 32-7 with the victory.
The Cougars, who had to defeat Southern Indiana earlier Sunday in
an elimination game, upped their record to 51-9 this season.
NKU, the two-time
defending Great Lakes Region champion, dropped to 41-20 this season.
Norse starter Amanda Smith (24-11) allowed three runs and eight
hits in 4 1/3 innings. Candace White pitched 1 1/3 innings and surrendered
six hits and five runs, three of which were earned.