Softball Splits Pair In Florida

Courtney Wensley had four hits and four RBIs for Northwood on the day
Courtney Wensley had four hits and four RBIs for Northwood on the day

OVERVIEW – MINNESOTA STATE MOORHEAD/NOTRE DAME (OHIO)

SCORES: Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons 13, Northwood Timberwolves 4 (Six Innings); Northwood 9, Notre Dame (Ohio) Falcons 1 (Five Innings)

RECORDS: Northwood 7-7, Minnesota State Moorhead 4-8, Notre Dame (Ohio) 4-5

LOCATION: Clermont, Fla. (PFX Spring Games)  

RECAP: Northwood split a pair of games at the PFX Spring Games Tuesday afternoon (March 7), falling to Minnesota State Moorhead 13-4 in six innings before defeating Notre Dame (Ohio) 9-1 in five innings.

MINNESOTA STATE MOORHEAD/NORTHWOOD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two days after Northwood posted a 7-0 win over Minnesota State Moorhead, it was the Dragons who jumped out to the early lead. MSUM score two in the first and two in the second to open up a 4-0 lead.
  • Northwood responded in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs of their own, thanks to a two-run single by Courtney Wensley which scored Hayley D'Avilar and Jennifer Wontorcik.
  • But the Dragons came right back with a big inning of their own, scoring five runs to go up 9-2.
  • Northwood got one back in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly by Sydni Pauley.
  • After Moorhead hit a two run homer in the top of the fifth to go up 11-3, the Timberwolves stayed in the game for another inning thanks to a solo homer by Andria Gietl. Her second home run of the season made the score 11-4.
  • MSUM ended the game in the following inning with two runs while holding the Timberwolves off the board.

MINNESOTA STATE MOORHEAD/NORTHWOOD STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors Minnesota State Moorhead: 13/13/0, Northwood: 4/6/1
  • Runners Left on Base: Minnesota State Moorhead: 5, Northwood: 4
  • Winning Pitcher: Tori White (3-1): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 1 K
  • Losing Pitcher: Vanessa Ewing (2-4): 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 9 R (8 ER), 2 K

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Wensley: 2-3, 2 RBI
  • Gietl: 2-3, HR (2), 2 R, RBI



NOTRE DAME (OHIO)/NORTHWOOD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Having lost three straight games, Northwood came out fast en route to breaking the streak. The Timberwolves scored two in the top of the first inning on another two-run single by Wensley.
  • After Notre Dame plated a run in the bottom of the inning, NU responded in a big way in the second with five runs of their own. Karli Godlewski got things going by scoring on a throwing error, which was followed by a Danielle Bartodziej sac fly to make the score 4-1. Sydni Pauley then had an RBI double before Wontorcik hit a two-run homer to put Northwood on top 7-1.
  • Northwood then rounded out the scoring for the game in the next inning with two more runs. D'Avilar plated Laura Walton with a double before Gietl had an RBI single to make the score 9-1.
  • NU pitcher Makenzie Norton held the Panthers off the board over the final four innings of the game to give the Timberwolves the victory in five innings.

NOTRE DAME (OHIO)/NORTHWOOD STATS

  • Runs/Hits/Errors: Notre Dame (Ohio): 1/6/1, Northwood: 9/13/0
  • Runners Left on Base: Notre Dame (Ohio): 5, Northwood: 4
  • Winning Pitcher:  Norton (1-1) 5.0 IP, 6 H, R, 2 K
  • Losing Pitcher: Taylor Olson (2-2) 1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 K

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Wontorcik: 2-3, HR (1), 3 RBI
  • Godlewski: 3-3, 2 R
  • Gietl: 2-4, RBI, R
  • Wensley: 2-3, 2 RBI

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will continue play in Florida Thursday evening (March 9). Northwood will face Minnesota State Makato at 6 p.m. before taking on Minnesota Duluth at 8:30 p.m.