NIU Softball Team Splits a Pair on Day Two of UCSB Mini-Tournament

GO HUSKIES Krista McPherson started the seventh inning rally in Game 2 with a walk
Krista McPherson started the seventh inning rally in Game 2 with a walk

Feb. 24, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Northern Illinois University softball team split its pair of games of the UCSB Mini-Tournament falling to UC-Santa Barbara, 3-0, in the first game and rallying to defeat Santa Clara, 5-6, Saturday.

"Kate Greenough pitched really well is Game 1," NIU head coach Donna Martin said. "We didn't do that well at the plate. We left some people on base. They bounced back and played with some energy in the second game."

After getting shutout the first game, the Huskies (5-3) fell behind Santa Clara, 2-1, after three innings. The Huskies took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Ellen Stoddard coaxed a one-out walk. Allie Parker doubled down the left field line driving in Stoddard. Parker scored on a Bailey Ouellette double giving the Huskies a 3-2 lead.

A run in the top of the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh put the Huskies in a 5-3 hole going into the bottom of the seventh. Krista McPherson earned a walk, Kelly Park singled up the middle and Randi Kreiter reached on a fielder's choice, loading the bases with one out. McPherson scored on a passed ball.

Renee Dearborn came in to pinch run for Kreiter. Michelle Nendza came up with two outs and two on and delivered. An error by the Broncos second baseman allowed Park and Dearborn to score and give the Huskies a come-from-behind win and its second win over Santa Clara in as many days.

Greeenough picked up the loss in the first game and the win in the second. She improves to 5-2 on the season with a 1.70 ERA. Ouellette and Roberts each went 1-2 with an RBI in the second game.

The Huskies conclude play at the UCSB Mini-Tournament Sunday when they face UT-San Antonio at 11 a.m. CST.