Softball Tallies a Split on Final Day from Missouri
March 19 In their final day from Missouri, the Northern State University softball team collected their second-straight split, defeating Nebraska, Kearney 4-2 and then falling to Missouri Southern State 3-2. The Wolves conclude the Hy-Vee Classic 2-4 and are now 15-9 overall in the 2017 season.
Game One- University of Nebraska, Kearney The Lopers were first to threaten in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases off an error, a walk and a single. Jamie Fisher forced a groundout back to the mound to leave three runners on and hold UNK scoreless. In the top of the second, Fisher led off with a single up the middle, followed by a walk from Kennady Thompson. After Courtney Sjerven advanced the runners to second and third, Lauren Kunz blasted a triple to right field to put the Wolves up 2-0. Nebraska, Kearney responded to the two-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out double to right field. An infield single put runners on the corners with Macey Nelson at the plate. Nelson connected for an RBI single to cut Northern’s lead to just one run. A sacrifice bunt by Molly Stern then tied the game at 2-2. In the Wolves’ final at bat, Shayla Steinley walked with one out. Jenna Helgeson and Katie Dawson followed with a pair of singles to give NSU the one-run advantage once again. Rachel Albright tacked on another insurance run with an RBI infield hit to the shortstop. Entering in relief, Missy Elkins held the Lopers in the bottom of the seventh to seal Northern State’s 15th win of the year.
Game Two–Missouri Southern State University Northern State got the bats going in the top of the third as Steinley singled down the left field line. Steinley used her wheels to advance to second on a stolen base with Helgeson at the plate. Helgeson placed a base hit to right field to score Steinely and give the Wolves the 1-0 lead. The Lions matched Northern’s runs in the bottom of the following inning. They connected for three back-to-back singles through the infield with one out. Bailey Skelton drew a walk to tie the game at 1-1, but Elkins tallied a strikeout to leave three runners on. Kunz walked to lead off the top of the fifth for the Wolves. Katelynn Dilts bunted to advance Kunz into scoring position for Steinley who launched a double over the head of the center fielder to give NSU the lead once again. In the bottom of the sixth with one runner on, Sydney Kochblasted a homerun to left field to score what would be the game-winning run. The Wolves will host MSU Moorhead on March 28 from the Moccasin Creek Softball Complex in their first NSIC match-up of the 2017 season.