Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
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DECATUR, Ala. – The
Northern Kentucky University softball team found itself on the
wrong end of a doubleheader sweep Sunday
as the Norse lost to both Barry (Fla.) University and the University
of West Georgia.
In their fifth game of the Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout, NKU
faced off against Barry, which is ranked No. 4 nationally in the
NCAA Division II poll. Brianna Smith (3-1) pitched a five inning
no-hitter to help Barry to an 8-0 victory. Smith only allowed the
Norse to get two balls out of the infield.
April Ehlers started in the circle for NKU and gave up five runs
on five hits. Chelsie Roy pitched the final two innings for the Norse.
After falling behind 5-0 to West Georgia, NKU scored three runs in
the top of the sixth and had the bases loaded with only one out,
but the Norse were unable to push across any additional runs and
Haley Dunn (2-1) looked as if she was going to no-hit the Norse,
but a leadoff single by Amanda Smith in the top of the fifth inning
broke up the bid.
Cara Parker followed Smith’s single with a double down the
right-field line to give the Norse runners on second and third with
no outs. A fielder’s choice and back-to-back pop outs to the
shortstop ended the rally.
NKU (3-3) finally cracked the run column in the top of the sixth
when Ehlers’ single through the right side plated Rose Broderick
and Stephanie West. Smith then singled in Ehlers from second base,
prompting the Wolves (8-5) to make a pitching change.
Heather Colson came in and shut down the Norse the remainder of the
sixth inning and gave way to Kacie Crider, who picked up her first
save of the season.
Ehlers (2-2) hurled five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits
with just one strikeout.