Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
box score | NKU-PBAU
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Northern Kentucky University softball
team scratched together a win in it’s first extra-inning game
of the season on Wednesday, defeating Saginaw Valley State, 2-1,
in eight innings.
In a scoreless
game through seven complete frames, the Cardinals pushed across
run of the game when Ashley
a soft roller to second base, where NKU’s Rose Broderick
fielded and came home, but was not in time to retire Shannon McLaughlin,
who started the inning at second base, per the international tiebreaker
After April Ehlers
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the inning,
the Norse came in to hit. Gretchen Lorenz started the inning off
by sacrificing Caroline Snyder, running for Ehlers, to third base.
Jessica Farris then brought Snyder in to tie the game on a bloop
single to left field that glanced off Marsha Beaubein’s glove,
allowing Farris to take second.
With one out in the frame, Stephanie
West stepped up to sacrifice Farris over to third in order to give
NKU a chance to win it with
a runner on third. However, the throw to put her out was dropped
by the Cardinal first baseman, allowing Farris to wheel around
third and score to give the Norse the victory.
Ehlers (5-4) allowed
just two hits and struck out 10 batters in the victory, including
seven in a row at one point, without surrendering
an earned run. Jessica Farris had a 2-for-3 game, including a
run scored and an RBI.
The Norse followed with a disappointing 1-0 loss
at the hands of Palm Beach Atlantic in the nightcap.
In the fourth
inning Abbey Shipman singled in Becca Bolinger, who doubled with
one out, to represent the game’s only scoring.
The NKU bats were silent until the sixth inning, when Gretchen
Lorenz broke up the no-hit bid with a sharp single through the
Amanda Smith followed with a rip through the left side to put
a runner in scoring position, but a great catch in left field by
Chris Donovan ended the threat.
The Norse got in business again
in the seventh when Cara Parker roped a single to center field.
Rose Broderick followed up with
single up the middle and took second base when the Sailfish tried
to get the runner on third base.
however, as Ehlers’ squeeze-bunt attempt lined
straight to PBA pitcher Ashley Jones, who doubled off Snyder,
running for Parker at third, to end the game.
Chelsie Roy (3-2)
had a strong pitching performance, surrendering one run on six
hits while picking up three strikeouts.
NKU (8-6) returns to action
in the early hours of Thursday morning, taking on Wheeling Jesuit
and Ferris State.