March 23, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped its opening game of the Hawkeye Classic, falling to North Dakota State in a tie breaker, 2-1.
In international rules, teams play to eight innings to break the tie. The last batter from previous inning is placed on second base. Any runs scored after are unearned.
"Kate Greenough pitched pretty well," said head coach Donna Martin. "We played solid defense behind her. We need to bunt the ball and put it play to get our runners over. We'll keep working at it."
The second game between these two teams was quite different from the last time they met. The two met earlier this season at the Ramada Inn-UNI Dome Tournament, a game won by North Dakota State, 11-2. In today's meeting, the two played to a scoreless tie through seven innings.
The Huskies (8-10) began the eighth with Kelly Park on second. Bailey Ouellette earned a one-out walk to give the Huskies runners at first and second. Jenna Mitchell lined out to third, bringing up Krista McPherson with two outs. She delivered with a single to right, scoring Park and advancing Ouellette to third.
North Dakota State responded in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back doubles, scoring two runs to win the game. The Huskies finished the game with one run on four hits, committing one error. Kate Greenough took the loss giving up two runs on seven hits.
The Huskies will be back in action Saturday when they take on South Dakota State at 5 p.m. That game will also be available on GameTracker on niuhuskies.com.