Softball Opens Florida Trip With Pair Of Victories

Senior Riley Ostapowicz had four hits and four RBIs for Northwood on the day
Senior Riley Ostapowicz had four hits and four RBIs for Northwood on the day

OVERVIEW – SAINT ROSE/MERCYHURST

SCORES:  Northwood Timberwolves 9, Saint Rose Golden Knights 4; Northwood 3, Mercyhurst Lakers 2 (eight innings)

RECORDS: Northwood 4-4, Saint Rose 0-5, Mercyhurst 1-6

LOCATION: Clermont, Fla. (PFX Spring Games)  

RECAP: Northwood got its annual trip to Florida off to a good start with a pair of wins, downing Saint Rose 9-4 before beating Mercyhurst 3-2 in eight inning Saturday (March 4).

SAINT ROSE/NORTHWOOD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Northwood took command of the Saint Rose game in the bottom of the first inning, plating four runs. Riley Ostapowicz had a two-run double in the first, while Andria Gietl and Abby Joseph each added RBI singles to give the Timberwolves the early lead.
  • After Saint Rose got a solo home run in the second, NU responded with four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sydni Pauley scored on a wild pitch, which was followed by a Courtney Wensley RBI single. Hayley D'Avilar and Ostapowicz then each drew bases-loaded walks to extend the advantage to 8-1.
  • The Golden Knights hit two more home runs to round out their scoring, while Ostapowicz had an RBI single in the fifth for Northwood.

SAINT ROSE/NORTHWOOD STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors Saint Rose: 4/7/0, Northwood: 9/13/0
  • Runners Left on Base: Saint Rose: 3, Northwood: 9
  • Winning Pitcher: Vanessa Ewing (1-2): 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 K
  • Losing Pitcher: Roma Mazzariello (0-2), 2 1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 0 K

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Ostapowicz: 2-3, 2B, BB, 4 RBI
  • D'Avilar: 2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
  • Joseph: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI



MERCYHURST/NORTHWOOD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mercyhurst pushed across single runs in the second and the fifth innings to lead 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
  • That is when Northwood got a big hit from Joseph to tie the game. Her two-run single scored Gietl and Ostapowicz to tie the game.
  • The score remained 2-2 heading into extra innings. Mercyhurst had the first chance to score with the runner placed on second base, but D'Avilar threw out the runner from centerfield on a single to keep the score tied 2-2.
  • Northwood then earned the win in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pinch-hit RBI single by Meghan Franz that scored D'Avilar and gave the Timberwolves the win.

MERCYHURST/NORTHWOOD STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors: Mercyhurst: 2/6/0, Northwood: 3/10/1
  • Runners Left on Base: Mercyhurst: 8, Northwood: 6
  • Winning Pitcher:  Taylor Wright (3-1) 8 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 8 K, 2 BB
  • Losing Pitcher: Anna Chochis (0-2) 7 1/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 10 H, 4 K

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Gartodziej/Ostapowicz/Gietl/Alyssa Westphal: Two hits each
  • Joseph: 2 RBI
  • Franz: 1 RBI

GAME NOTES

  • All three of Northwood's RBIs in the game came from pinch-hitters (Joseph – 2, Franz).

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will continue play in Florida Sunday evening (March 5) with a pair of games. NU will play Georgian Court at 6 p.m. followed by Minnesota State Moorhead at 8:30 p.m.