April 10, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. -The Northern Illinois University softball team split its doubleheader with Valparaiso University Tuesday at Mary M. Bell Field, dropping the first game 8-6 in extra innings and winning the nightcap, 4-1.
Game 1 was a sloppy affair. The Huskies (15-18, 4-4) and Valparaiso committed six errors between them, with Valpo committing four. Both teams scored early and often in the first game. The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first at bat. The Huskies responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Valparaiso scored another run in the top of the second, and the Huskies tied it up in the bottom of the fourth.
Valpo (17-9) took the lead in the top of the sixth, 6-5, and NIU came back in the bottom of the inning to tie it up. Both teams failed to score in the seventh sending the game to extra innings. Both teams scored a run in the eighth, but Valpo scored two runs in the ninth, proving too much for the Huskies to overcome.
Krista McPherson continued her hot hitting. She went 2-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. Ellen Stoddard went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Bailey Ouellette also went .500 from the plate, going 2-4. Freshman Kate Greenough suffered the loss, going eight innings, allowing eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits.
The second game was much cleaner. The Crusaders once again took the early lead with a run in the top of the third. NIU responded in the bottom of the frame when Kate Welsh doubled, driving in McPherson. The Huskies took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Randi Kreiter hit a lead-off double and Kelly Park followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with nobody out.
came in to pinch run for Kreiter and promptly scored on a Michelle Nendza
single. Allie Parker
drove in the second Huskie run of the inning when she reached on an error. NIU added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Krystn Sendejas
tripled scoring Jenna Roberts
, who came in to pinch run for Nendza.
Nendza had a solid day at the plate going 2-3 with an RBI. Taryn Hagemann scored her sixth win of the season, going seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five batters.
The Huskies are back in action Thursday when NIU travels to Bloomington, Ill. to take on Illinois State. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. and will be available on GameTracker at niuhuskies.com.