Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A sophomore’s stellar pitching performance
and a freshman’s two-run bomb created the perfect storm that
allowed the Northern Kentucky University softball team to shut out
Ferris State, 5-0.
The Norse were
quiet for the game’s first
three innings before finding the chink in Holly Bruntjens’ armor.
Ashley Gates and Shatona Campbell claimed back-to-back singles
to set the table for
Cara Parker, who sliced a shot down the left field line to score
Gates. Rose Broderick and Dani Finley then drove in runs on misplays
by Ferris State shortstop Lynsay Weaver to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
put the dagger in the Bulldogs’ heart in the fifth inning
when she blasted a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to
claim her second home run of the season.
Chelsie Roy (4-2) had the
Ferris batters guessing the entire game, claiming eight strikeouts
in the shutout, and six of those without
a swing of the bat.
run capped a 2-for-4 performance, while Parker went 2-for-3 on
The big win over
Ferris State followed NKU’s 6-1 win over Wheeling
Jessica Farris opened up the scoring with a two-out RBI-single
to bring in April Ehlers in the bottom of the second inning.
helped Ehlers to bear down in the circle as she retired the
first 10 batters she saw and 13 of the first 14 to step up for the
The Norse broke the game open in the fifth inning
after a misplay by Cardinal first baseman Vanessa Ilovar allowed
West to reach base safely on her sacrifice bunt attempt.
popped out for what would have been the second out of the
inning the Norse went for the throat.
brought Farris in on a sacrifice fly and Shatona Campbell drove
infield single before Cara
the first pitch she saw down the left field line and out
for her first
home run of the season. After a single by Rose Broderick,
another error allowed Ehlers to reach base and put another
position, which Dani Finley took advantage of, pushing
a single up the middle
to wrap up the five-run inning.
Ilovar got a bit of retribution
with a solo home run in the sixth inning, but it was the only hit
Ehlers (6-4) struck out 12 and walked four in
the victory. Offensively, Shatona Campbell went 3-for-4 while Farris
Northern Kentucky (10-6) wraps up play
in Florida on Friday afternoon with games against Minnesota State