April 18, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped its doubleheader with Miami University, losing the first game, 4-3, despite a late comeback and falling 7-0 in the second contest Saturday at Miami Softball Stadium.
After Miami (26-17, 12-4) opened a 2-0 lead, plating a pair of runs in the fifth of game one, the Huskies' (11-31, 6-8) stormed back with three runs in the top of the sixth. With two on and two out, Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) belted a single to left, driving in Jenna Roberts (Verona, Wis./West) and Krystn Sendejas (Galveston, Texas, Ball) and tying the game 2-2.
Two batters later, Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Downers Grove South) singled to center, driving in Ashley Cann (Glenwood, Ill./Marian Catholic), who came in to pinch run for Colosimo, and gave NIU a 3-2 advantage. Colosimo went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in in game one.
"Andrea Colosimo had a good day from the plate," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "We'll just have to get back after it this week."
However, the RedHawks rallied in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game on an RBI double by Lauren Odom. Miami (OH) recaptured the lead on a sacrifice fly by Kelly Cabana to score Odom from third. NIU was unable to answer in the top of the seventh and Miami came away with the 4-3 victory.
In game two, the RedHawks scored seven runs on 13 hits and held NIU's offense scoreless, limiting the Huskies to six hits in the 7-0 win. Miami (OH) scored runs in each of the first four innings, with the big blow coming in the bottom of the third when three RedHawks crossed the plate.
Northern Illinois wraps up its seven game road swing Tuesday when the Huskies travel to Evanston to face off against No. 10 Northwestern at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at www.niuhuskies.com.