Wolves Sweep Golden Bears on the Road

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April 11th
         With a sweep over Concordia-St. Paul, the NSU softball team recorded their 22nd and 23rd wins of the season. Northern improves to 23-16 overall and 10-6 in Northern Sun Conference games.
Game One:
         The Wolves scored all eight of their runs in the top of the second inning led off by back-to-back Rachel Albright (So.) and Michaela Liebl (Fr.) homeruns. Eryn Yancy (Sr.) also homered in the inning, scoring Lauren Kunz (So.) and Kelsey Gale (Jr.), who had reached base by virtue of a walk and fielder’s choice.
         Macey Engel (Jr.) and Albright led the team with two hits apiece in the 8-0 victory. Albright tallied four RBI, while Yancy notched three.
Game Two:
         Kami Smesmo (Sr.) nabbed her 15th win of the season in a five inning, two hit, shut-out over the Concordia Golden Bears. Smesmo tallied one strikeout and gave up one walk.
         The Golden Bear offense proved to be more of a threat for the Wolves in game two, as they connected for seven hits and four earned runs off NSU starter Missy Elkins (So.). Wolves offense, however, fought back after going down 4-6 in the bottom of the second.
         NSU started the game with three earned runs in the first from the one-through-five hitters in the lineup. Gale led-off the game with a walk. Kalie Maiden (Jr.) and Yancy then hit back-to-back singles to the right side. Brittney Lash (So.) opened up the scoring for the Wolves with a double down the right field line scoring Maiden and Yancy.
         Northern scored in five of the seven innings of play, with three in the first, third, and the seventh. With the Golden Bears on their heels, the Wolves secured the victory in the top of the seventh. Kunz singled to the third basemen with one out in the inning. Kunz then came around to score, off a Gale blast to left. Maiden and Yancy combined for the Wolves final run of the game, as Maiden singled and Yancy doubled to center.
         Elkins threw her seventh win of the season in 4.1 innings pitched. The sophomore struck-out one and gave up seven hits. Smesmo earned the save in 2.2 innings pitched. The senior held Concordia scoreless with only three hits.


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