Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Phenomenal
pitching set the tone for the Northern Kentucky University softball
team as sophomore pitcher April
Ehlers set a new school record with 18 strikeouts in a 7-0 win over
Ehlers (4-3) struck out the side in the first, second, sixth
and seventh innings en route to the one-hit shutout, her first
season. Only once did the Golden Lions get a batter past first
base, when a hit batter and a walk put two on before Ehlers ended
inning on a strikeout.
The 18 punch out performance stands second
all-time in the NCAA for strikeouts in a seven-inning game.
held her own offensively in the game as well, going 3-for-4 with
a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Amanda Smith also
collected three hits and scored a run while Jessica Farris stole
including home plate, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
win followed NKU’s 5-1 victory over Concordia (Minn.) to
open the action on Day 3 of the Rebel Spring Games.
opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning after a
double from Rose Broderick and a single by
Norse runners at the corners with one out. Chelsea Toler
laid down a suicide squeeze to score Broderick and reached
the throw to first was dropped by the first baseman. After
Stephanie West walked to load the bases, Amanda Smith cashed
in with a
two-run single to right center to give NKU the 3-0 lead.
drove in two more in the third inning with a double to the wall
in right-center field.
The Golden Bears scratched together a run of
their own in the fifth inning on the strength of a double by Nikki
Chelise Roy bore down, getting a groundout and a pair
of strikeouts to end the threat.
Roy (3-1) went the distance for
NKU, scattering four hits and striking out three in the victory.
games at the plate.
NKU improved to 7-5 on the season
after taking their first doubleheader sweep in 2009. The Norse
will take a much-deserved
day off before
taking on Saginaw Valley State and Palm Beach Atlantic