---Stephanie West went 4-for-6 at the plate and scored three runs as the Norse trounced Urbana, 7-0 and 4-0.
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University used strong pitching performances from Chelsie Roy and April Ehlers on Tuesday afternoon to sweep a softball doubleheader from Urbana.
Roy hurled a two-hit shutout in the opener as NKU posted a 7-0 victory against Urbana. Ehlers followed that by blanking Urbana on just three hits as the Norse completed the sweep with a 4-0 win at the Frank Ignatius Grein Softball Field.
Stephanie West was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in the opener for NKU, which improved to 20-18 overall with the two non-conference victories. Shatona Campbell was 2-for-4 with a double and also scored twice in the first game.
The Norse used a four-run outburst in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead and coasted behind the pitching of Roy (10-7), who struck out four batters and walked just one to notch her fourth shutout of the season.
In the nightcap, Ehlers collected 13 strikeouts en route to the victory. Jessica Farris drove in West from third base with a two-out single in the third inning to give NKU a 1-0 lead. Amanda Smith extended the Norse’s advantage to 2-0 in the fifth inning by driving in Ashley Gates with a sacrifice fly.
NKU sealed the win by scoring twice in the sixth inning. Cara Parker’s RBI double plated Rose Broderick, and Campbell followed with a single that drove in Parker.
Ehlers (10-11) capped her fourth shutout of the spring by striking out the final three batters in the seventh inning after allowing a double to Katie Cramer. Urbana dropped to 18-21 this season.
NKU hits the road Wednesday for a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader at Saint Joseph’s. The Norse are 8-8 in the GLVC and enter that doubleheader in seventh place in the league standings.
The top eight teams qualify for the GLVC Tournament, which begins May 1 at East Peoria, Ill.
NKU is also at home this weekend for GLVC doubleheaders against Lewis (Saturday at noon) and Wisconsin-Parkside (Sunday at noon).