Anderson, NKU Sports Information
ST. LOUIS -
The Northern Kentucky University softball team broke out the big
bats Saturday afternoon as they opened up Great Lakes Valley Conference
play with a pair of wins over Missouri-St. Louis by scores of 9-3
ball” got the Norse on the board first in game one, as Rose
Broderick opened the game with a double to left. After Cara Parker
sacrificed her teammate to third, Amanda Smith helped her own cause
with an infield single to bring in Broderick.
up the middle to get the offense started in the third inning. Amanda
Smith followed up with her second infield single of the day. Jenny
Weis came through with an RBI single to plate Parker before senior
Becky Napier wrapped up the hit parade with a two-run single to
right field to make it a 4-0 game.
The Norse came
alive for five in the sixth inning, bookended by home runs by Broderick,
a solo shot, and Napier, a three-run blast, to extend the lead to
9-0. However, the Riverwomen avoided a run-rule defeat with three
runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the 9-3 final score.
five RBI performance topped NKU's offensive standouts. Amanda Smith
was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Weis added a 2-for-3 day with two
recorded the complete-game victory, giving up eight hits and three
runs, just one earned.
In the nightcap
of the doubleheader NKU had a very familiar start as Broderick got
on base and Parker sacrificed her to second. The similarities ended
there, however, as Broderick got caught in a run down after Shatona
Campbell's single to left. Campbell was later driven in by Amanda
Smith's fourth double of the season. Smith scored after an error
from Missouri-St. Louis' Jennifer Beckman at first base allowed
Weis to reach safely.
Louis responded in the bottom of the second inning on a Corie Jones
sacrifice fly and an Alex Pepin RBI single to knot things back at
two aside. NKU retook the lead in the top of the third with a Jenny
Weis sacrifice fly to plate Cara Parker, who singled to lead off
the inning. Parker got the lead back to two runs with an RBI single
in the fourth, scoring Broderick from second base.
got a pair in the bottom of the fourth to draw even, lead off by
a Megan Brussman homer. After a bunt groundout, Pepin and Dana Essner
scored back-to-back doubles, squaring the game at four. Missouri-St.
Louis manufactured two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles from
Essner and Katie Bartlett to take a 6-4 lead.
The Norse came
back in the top of the seventh as Amanda Smith lead things off with
a single to left. After Weis reached on a fielder's choice, Napier
singled down the right field chalk to represent the tying run.
single to right brought in Weis and cut the lead to one. After Kelly
Greer lined out in a pinch-hitting appearance and Sidney Doyle was
plunked to load the bases, Broderick came through again with a two-run
single to right to retake the lead. Amanda Smith came back to retire
the side in order in the bottom half to complete the conference
an outstanding day at the plate overall, going 7-for-10 in the two
games with three runs scored and three RBI combined. Parker was
a perfect 2-for-2 from the dish, while Campbell, Amanda Smith, Napier
and Gregory each chipped in two hits in the day's second game.
got the win in relief, giving up five hits and two earned runs in
3 2/3 innings of work. Candace White went 3 1/3 in the start, striking
The wins move
the Norse to 15-7 overall, and 2-0 in GLVC play. The Norse conclude
the conference weekend Sunday against Quincy.
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