Del Vecchio went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in Game
2 of Thursday's doubleheader against Ashland. The junior
has been strong in limited action, hitting .412 on the season.
Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information
1 box score | Game 2 box score
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Big innings doomed the Northern Kentucky
University softball team in a key regional matchup against Ashland
on Thursday. The Norse dropped both ends of the doubleheader, 6-2
in Game 1 and 5-4 in Game 2.
The teams battled back and forth in what
was a pitchers' duel during the early stages of Game 1, going scoreless
through the first four
innings until Shannon Gray poked a double down the left field line
to score two in the top of the fifth inning. The Norse answered
in the bottom half of the frame with RBI hits from Jessica Farris
Amanda Smith to keep the score even at 2-2.
Ashland blew the doors
off the game in the top of the seventh inning, when a pair of walks
and a pair of home runs sent NKU pitcher April
Ehlers to the showers. A leadoff walk to Smith gave the Norse
life in the bottom of the inning, but a fly out to left field followed
by a pair of ground outs ended any threat and the game.
(7-8) allowed six runs on seven hits in the loss, striking out
nine and walking seven. Smith got two of NKU's four hits
on the game.
The NKU offense got things started positively
in Game 2, scoring runs in each of the first two innings. Cara
out scored Farris, who had doubled earlier in the first inning.
Vecchio opened the second inning with a double of her own,
and Chelsie Roy would finish the trip around the bases for
Stephanie West reached safely after a muffed throw by the
Ashland first baseman.
Back-to-back RBIs by Carrie Hosier and Alyssa
Kelley in the third inning brought the Eagles back level before
Hosier successfully stole home plate to give Ashland the lead. The
Eagles got two
in the fourth inning to push to a 5-2 lead.
As the sun began
to set, the Norse started to claw their way back into the game,
scoring two runs on
a Del Vecchio single to bring the deficit to one. However,
the game could be completed, and NKU's comeback bid was
short after the sixth inning.
Roy (6-5) was saddled with
the loss, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and striking out one.
Smith claimed a
3-for-3 game while
Vecchio and Shatona Campbell each went 2-for-3 on the
The losses dropped NKU back to 13-13 overall
in preparation for Great Lakes Valley Conference action this weekend.
to face Indianapolis on Saturday with first pitch
coming at noon.