Saturday - GAME ONE 4/20/02
Amy Krahula and Gretchen Szymski for NIU
Mobley (4.0), Otterbacher and Hales for EMU
(6-12) LP: Mobley (10-9)
- GAME TWO 4/20/02
Kathy Dearborn and Gretchen Szymski for NIU
Anderson and Thompson
(9-6) LP: Anderson (3-7)
HOLDS EASTERN MICHIGAN SCORELESS IN SWEEPING MAC DOUBLEHEADER
DEKALB, IL --- For people who know DeKalb, high winds in the springtime
seem to be the rule and not the exception. The Northern Illinois University
softball team took advantage of the "hometown weather" here
Saturday (April 20), shutting out Mid-American Conference West Division
foe Eastern Michigan University, 8-0 and 5-0, in a doubleheader. Northern
Illinois took two of the three games from EMU on the weekend to improve
to 18-22 overall and 11-4 in the league. Meanwhile Eastern Michigan fell
to 16-22 overall and 7-11 in MAC play.
NIU's offense set
the tone early on in game one, roughing up Eagle ace Marcy Mobley for
four runs on four hits in the first inning. Gretchen Szymski (Westmont),
who finished the game three-for-three, lined a two-run single to rightfield
on an 0-2 pitch. Megan Meyer (New Liberty, IA / Durant) then added an
RBI groundout to score Paige Shemoski (Palos Park / Stagg). Szymski made
it 4-0 when she scored on a throwing error by the EMU catcher, who tried
unsuccessfully to throw out Lisa Mattke (Playmouth, IN) on a stolen base
The Huskies added
single runs in the third and fourth innings, thanks in large part to some
aggressive baserunning. Szymski singled to lead off the third, and was
erased when Mattke reached on a fielders choice. Mattke then stole her
second base of the game and later scored on a run-scoring single by freshman
Toni Del Toro (Las Vegas, NV / Durango). NIU made it 4-0 in the fourth
single scored leadoff batter Samanth Knoll (Mayville, WI). Knoll had led
off the frame with a walk before advancing to second on the teams third
stolen base of the game.
her damage in the fifth inning, when she led offwith
her third base hit of the game. Meyer singled to right to put runners
on second and third before a Mattke line drive single drove home pinch
runner Erin Holohan (Dwight) to make it 7-0. The Huskies ended the game
via the eight-run mercy rule when Kelly Redican (Lynwood / Marian Catholic)
singled up the middle for the game's final tally.
Eight runs were more
than enough for NIU starter Amy Krahula (Woodridge / Downers Grove North),
who earned her second one-hit shutout in as many Saturday's. The sophomore
allowed the very first batter of the game, Christie Koester, to single
up the middle, only to not allow a hit the rest of the contest. Krahula
improved to 6-12 on the season while EMU starter Mobley fell to 10-9.
Game two proved to
be eerily similar to the opener, as NIU shutout the Eagles 5-0 while outhitting
the visitors 11-3. Northern Illinois grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom
of the first inning thanks to RBI groundouts by Shemoski and Szymski.
Knoll and Redican again caused havoc at the top of the lineup as both
players scored after singling to lead off the frame.
Szymski added her
second RBI of the game and fourth of the day when she roped an RBI single
in the bottom of the fifth inning. NIU then added two more runs in the
sixth for the contests' final two tallies. With two outs, Redican and
Holohan singled. After a Holohan stolen base both runners scored when
EMU's Julie Stoll threw wide of first on a Shemoski groundball.
a good day when you win two games," NIU head coach Donna Martin said.
"We hit and pitched well and played solid defense. Amy and Kathy
were solid and we got some big hits, especially in tough conditions. We
rebounded well after losing yesterday. That's what I like to see."
Kathy Dearborn (Geneseo
/ J.D. Darnall) and Jolene Heller (Horicon, WI) combined for the shutout
as Dearborn improved to 9-6 on the year. The freshman allowed no runs
and two hits in six innings of work while striking out two.
NIU will return to
action Wednesday when they head to DePaul University for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
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