Anderson, NKU Sports Information
- The Northern Kentucky University softball team, at .500 on the
season, ended day one of the Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout
Tournament as well as they started it, getting run-ruled out of
their tournament opener against North Alabama, 8-0, before coming
back for a 7-3 win over West Georgia.
The Norse came
into their first game seeking revenge after getting swept out of
a doubleheader by the UNA Lions two weeks ago, but the Lions continued
to pour on the offense. UNA cracked the scoring in the second inning,
with Amy Goebel on second after a one-out double, Emily Beckwith
battled for an RBI single up the middle. A fielding error at shortstop
allowed Kim Lee to reach base as Beckwith came in. Sarah Whitlow
and Lindsey Bates each followed up with RBI base hits to extend
the lead to 4-0.
slapped a first-pitch double down the left field line in the top
of the third to plate two more for the Lions and extend the lead
to 6-0. North Alabama added runs in the fourth and fifth innings,
holding NKU scoreless to invoke the eight-run rule and end the game.
The NKU bats
never got going in the early game as they failed to advance a runner
past second base in the contest. UNA pitcher Sabrina Roberts needed
just 42 pitches to dispatch the Norse, with only three NKU batters
seeing more than two pitches in their at bat. Roberts scattered
three hits, retired 11 straight during one stretch and struck out
two as she improved her record to 4-0 on the year.
gave up four earned runs in four innings of work, striking out two
as she fell to 1-3 for the Norse. Karen Simmons gave up one run
in one inning of work for NKU.
The Norse offense
turned itself around in game two, as Rose Broderick took Kate Thompson's
first pitch over the right center wall to open up a 1-0 lead against
West Georgia. Cara Parker and Becky Napier followed up with back-to-back
singles. After Amanda Smith proceeded to fly out to center, an errant
throw by West Georgia shortstop Kim Weaver allowed Parker to score
to make it a 2-0 game. Amber Gregory added an RBI single to right
to plate Jenny Weis, who reached on a dropped strike three that
scored Napier, to make it 4-0 before West Georgia stepped to the
After the Wolves
went quietly in the first and second innings, NKU set the table
again in the third with a Weis single to left. The sophomore stole
second and was driven in on a Krista Smith double to left. Smith
managed to steal third, allowing her to come in when Sydney Doyle's
soft roller ended as an RBI infield single to increase the lead
Jamie Van Haltern
hit a sacrifice fly to left allowing Adrienne Clay to score and
break up the shutout for West Georgia in the bottom of the fourth.
Jenny Weis responded for the Norse with a one-out solo shot to left.
The Wolves strung together a couple of runs in the fifth and another
in the sixth to reach the final score.
Weis finished game 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Cara Parker,
Amber Gregory, Krista Smith and Sydney Doyle each claimed 2-for-3
days at the plate.
earned the win for the Norse, giving up three unearned runs in six
innings, striking out four without a walk to go to 2-0 on the season.
Kate Thompson dropped to 4-2 on the season, giving up seven runs
on 12 hits, but had seven strikeouts without a walk.
(3-3) advances to day two of the Charger Chillout to take on Great
Lakes Region foe Wayne State at 11 a.m. before taking on Delta State
at 1 p.m.
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