OVERVIEW – WEST LIBERTY/TRUMAN
SCORES: Northwood Timberwolves 10, West Liberty Hilltoppers 2 (Five Innings)/Truman Bulldogs 3, Northwood 1
RECORDS: Northwood 5-2/West Liberty 2-2/Truman 1-3
LOCATION: Westfield, Indiana (Grand Park)
RECAP: Northwood softball finishes weekend in Indiana by going 1-1, defeating West Liberty 10-2 before falling to Truman 3-1 Sunday afternoon (February 23).
WEST LIBERTY HIGHLIGHTS
- Northwood got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a Sydni Culps RBI double.
- The Timberwolves extended their advantage in the second on a Maddie Coulter RBI groundout to make the score 2-0.
- The third inning is when Northwood broke the contest open, starting with a Mikala Gronback RBI single.
- Tara Gross made it 4-0 with an RBI single of her own, which was followed by a Torriya Gray-Baker sacrifice fly.
- An RBI double by Jordan Look pushed the lead to 6-0.
- Coulter finished the inning with an RBI groundout that made the score 7-0.
- After the Hilltoppers got on the board in the top of the fourth with a single run, Haley Frank delivered with the biggest hit of the game. Her three-run triple made the score 10-1.
- West Liberty plated one run in the fifth but were unable to get any closer, giving the Timberwolves the win.
WEST LIBERTY STATS
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 10/11/0, West Liberty: 2/4/1
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 8, West Liberty: 4
- Winning Pitcher – Shayna Frank (3-1): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K
- Losing Pitcher – Lauren Garcie (0-1) 3 1/3 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 6 BB, 4 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Haley Frank: 2-3, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBIs
- Look: 2-2, 2 2B, RBI
- Coulter: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs
- Culps: 2-2, 2B, R, RBI, BB
- Gronback: 1-2, RBI
- Tara Gross: 1-2, 2 R, RBI
- Northwood got off to a good start in the game, going up 1-0 three batters into the game thanks to a Grace Dutoi RBI single.
- Truman responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
- The Bulldogs then made it 3-1 in the fourth with a single run.
- The Timberwolves had plenty of chances on offense the remainder of the game, having a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in four of the seven innings. But that first inning run proved to be the only one the Timberwolves would score.
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 1/6/1, West Liberty: 3/6/0
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 5, West Liberty: 3
- Winning Pitcher – Breianna Klein (0-1): 5 IP, 5 H, R
- Losing Pitcher – Riley Shagena (1-1): 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB, 5 K
- Save – Alyssa Haiduk (1): 2 IP, H, 3 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Coulter: 2-3, R
- Dutoi: R, RBI
- Gross/Gray-Baker: 2B
- The Timberwolves will head to Florida for their annual spring break trip, starting March 7 with games against Fairmont State and Minnesota State Mankato.