OVERVIEW – PARKSIDE / PURDUE NORTHWEST - GLIAC TOURNAMENT DAY ONE
SCORES: Northwood Timberwolves 3, Parkside Rangers 2/Northwood 3, Purdue Northwest 0
RECORDS: Northwood 28-12/Parkside 17-28/Purdue Northwest 14-26
LOCATION: Sandusky, Ohio – Sports Force Field 2
RECAP: Softball opens play at the GLIAC Tournament Friday afternoon (May 11) with a pair of wins, defeating Parkside 3-2 and Purdue Northwest 3-0.
- Northwood had plenty of chances to score early in the game but left six runners on base through four innings.
- Parkside also had chances in that stretch, but the score remained 0-0 into the fifth inning.
- The Rangers took advantage of Northwood mistakes to get on the board in the fifth. A walk, wild pitch and an error scored the first run of the game.
- Northwood responded in the bottom of the inning thanks to Grace Dutoi. Her two-run single to centerfield put the Timberwolves on top for the first time at 2-1.
- Parkside tied the game in the top of the sixth on a two-out single that made the score 2-2.
- The Timberwolves earned the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh. After a single by Lauren Castellon and a walk by Julia Gross, Dutoi clinched the win with a double to right field to give the Timberwolves a 3-2 victory.
- Runs/Hits/Errors: Parkside 2/2/2, Northwood 3/5/1
- Runners left on base: Davenport 6, Northwood 8
- Winning Pitcher – Shayna Frank (18-6): 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 5 K
- Losing Pitcher – Allison Hausl (9-9): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 7 BB, 2 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Dutoi: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs
- Castellon: 1-1, 2 BB, 2 R
PURDUE NORTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
- Northwood took the lead in the opening inning on a Julia Gross sacrifice fly that scored Maddie Coulter
- The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when senior Tara Gross came through in her first at-bat since April 7. Her pinch-hit two-run single brought home Mikayla Gronback and Delanie Grundman to make the score 3-0.
- That was all the runs senior pitcher Taylor Wright needed. She tossed her first shutout of the season, allowing three hits while striking out seven.
PURDUE NORTHWEST STATS
- Runs/Hits/Errors: Northwood 3/7/1, Purdue Northwest 0/3/2
- Runners left on base: Northwood 7, Purdue Northwest 6
- Winning Pitcher – Taylor Wright (6-0): 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K
- Losing Pitcher – Jessica Weaver (4-8): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB, K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Northwood, the number two seed in the tournament, will now play top-seeded Grand Valley State Wednesday (May 12) at Noon. The winner of that game will advance to the GLIAC Tournament championship round.