Feb. 14, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team closed out play in the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State with a 7-2 loss to New Mexico Sunday at Bobcat Field in San Marcos, Texas.
New Mexico jumped on top of the Huskies (0-5) early. The Lobos took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first on three hits and one error and tacked on three more runs in the second inning on four hits and an error. That would be all the offense New Mexico would need.
Northern Illinois was limited to two runs on six hits, with freshmen Adrianna Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) and Jennifer Barnett Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) driving in both runs. Sanchez went 2-for-3 on the day with a run batted in the bottom of the sixth, while Barnett was 1-for-2 from the plate with an RBI in the fourth.
Despite the outcome of the five games, NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard was pleased with her team's performance in its first game action of the season.
"We're feeling pretty good about where we're at," Chouinard said. "Our freshmen are starting to settle in and starting to feel more like themselves and play that way. That's what the first weekend is about. It's getting people to feel comfortable and settled. Hopefully we can build on that and move forward."
Northern Illinois returns to the diamond in two weeks when the Huskies travel to Louisville to compete in the Cardinal Classic Feb. 27-28. NIU will face Purdue at 10 a.m. and Saint Louis at 4 p.m. on Feb. 27.