OVERVIEW – ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD/LINDENWOOD
SCORES: Lindenwood Lions 2, Northwood Timberwolves 1/Northwood 15, Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars 4
RECORDS: Northwood 1-1/Lindenwood 1-1/Illinois-Springfield 0-2
LOCATION: The Dome At the Parkway Bank Sports Complex – Des Plaines, Ill.
RECAP: Northwood softball opens their 2021 season by splitting a pair of games, dropping a 2-1 contest against Lindenwood before downing Illinois-Springfield 15-4 at the Lewis Dome Invitational Friday (February 19).
- Both teams had chances to break through, but the score remained scoreless until the seventh inning.
- The Lions got three two-out hits to put a pair of runs on the board to go up 2-0.
- Northwood responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Grace Dutoi led the inning off with a double and later came home on an error to make the score 2-1.
- Later in the inning, Delanie Grundman had a double with a runner on first, but the potential tying run of the game was thrown out at the plate.
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 1/5/1, Lindenwood: 2/8/2
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 4, Lindenwood: 4
- Winning Pitcher – Stormee Galka (1-0): 7 IP, 5 H, R, (0 ER), BB, 4 K
- Losing Pitcher – Shayna Frank (0-1): 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 2 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Dutoi: 2-3, 2B, R
- Lauren Castellon: 3B
- Grundman: 2B
- Northwood got on the board in the top of the first on a two-run double by Julia Gross.
- The Prairie Stars responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning, scoring four to lead 4-2 after one.
- NU took over thanks to a big fourth inning. Maddie Coulter got the Timberwolves going with a three-run homer to give Northwood back the lead at 5-4.
- Julia Gross then singled to score sister Tara to make the score 6-4.
- Haley Frank and Mikala Gronback each added RBI singles, which was followed by a Grundman RBI groundout to cap the seven-run fourth to put NU on top 9-4.
- NU added two more in the fifth on a single by Julia Gross that also resulted in an error to score a pair and make the score 11-4.
- Northwood added four more in the seventh. After NU scored on a wild pitch, Haley Frank had a triple and scored on the throw, which plated three runs in all to make the final 15-4.
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 15/12/0, Illinois-Springfield: 4/7/1
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 6, Illinois-Springfield: 4
- Winning Pitcher – Hailey Leister (1-0) 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 2 K
- Losing Pitcher – Addison Bryant (0-1), 7 IP, 11 H, 13 R (12 ER), 6 BB, 9 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Coulter: 1-2, HR, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 RBIs
- Tara Gross: 1-3, 3B, 3 R
- Julia Gross: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBIs
- Haley Frank: 2-4, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBIs
- The Timberwolves will play two more games at the Lewis Dome Invitational Saturday (February 20), taking on host Lewis at 2:30 p.m. and Hillsdale at 7 p.m.