Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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DECATUR, Ala. – The
Northern Kentucky University softball team opened the season on
a positive note by taking a 3-1 decision
from Wayne State in the opening game of the UAH Charger Chillout.
Norse succeeded on the effort of April Ehlers’ outstanding
pitching performance. The sophomore gave up just two hits and struck
out three Warriors in the complete-game victory.
The bats rang true
for the Norse as well, who scattered 12 hits on the day but stranded
runners in every inning after the first.
offense got on the board in the sixth when Cara Parker slapped
a one-out double to right center. Ashley Gates followed by taking
pitch in the hip, and both players would advance on a passed ball.
Stephanie West then stepped in and sliced a single through the
right side of the infield to plate both Parker and Gates.
Spaccarotelli was quick to answer for Wayne State in the bottom
half of the frame, driving an 0-2 pitch over the left field
to cut the lead to one. Gates got the run back for the Norse
in the seventh by pushing an RBI-single to right to score Katybeth
who had singled to open the inning. Ehlers (1-0) came back to
down the Warriors in the seventh to get the win.
Five Norse had
two hits on the game, including Gates’ 2-for-2
Game 2 saw NKU jump out to a 4-1 lead on West Alabama
on runs driven in by Gates, Coode, Amanda Smith and Rose Broderick.
Tigers marched back with a four-run third inning pocked by
three Norse errors. The Tigers added another run in the fifth
to a 6-4 final tally.
Chelsie Roy (0-1) struck out two in
four-plus innings of work for the Norse.
NKU (1-1) returns to action
tomorrow against Lynn and West Florida.