Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The
Northern Kentucky University softball team got off to a rough start
on Day 1 of the Rebel Spring Games,
losing to Ferris State, 5-2, before claiming a 4-1 victory over Saginaw
jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 1, plating one in the first inning,
in the third and one more in the
Norse finally got the scoring going in the seventh after Cara Parker
and Ashley Gates, who combined for five of NKU’s six hits
on the game, hit back-to-back singles to open the inning.
the two advanced on a wild pitch, Gretchen Lorenz came through
in a pinch hit situation, grounding out to third to drive in Parker,
while an errant throw in an attempt to turn a double play allowed
Gates to score. NKU’s offense came to a halt there, however,
for the final score.
April Ehlers took the loss for NKU, striking
out eight in five innings of work, with Chelsie Roy picking up
two strikeouts in
Game 2 against
Saginaw Valley (1-1) saw the offense start early once again as
pitcher Stacy Kraatz helped her own
a solo home run in the top of the first. The Norse responded
with a pair of their own, keyed by Stephanie West’s infield
single to lead off the inning. Rose Broderick followed up with a
bunt, reaching on a throwing error by Kraatz to give NKU two
runners on base.
Ehlers then followed
lead, lacing an RBI-single up the middle to knot the score at one.
followed with a
suicide-squeeze to bring in Broderick and give the Norse the
NKU got two more in the fourth on a two-run triple from Gates,
her first three-bagger of the season.
Ehlers (3-3) was as strong
in Game 2 as she was in Game 1, picking up another eight strikeouts
in another five innings
Roy struck out one while picking up a six-out save, her first
NKU moves to
4-4 on the season and faces Fayetteville State and Minnesota State