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March 22, 2014

NSU softball settles for split against Nebraska Kearney


Second game: UNK 9, NSU 6

The Lopers got on the board first with a two-run second inning.  Northeastern State answered back when sophomore Saharra Henson homered to center field to bring in Campos and Robison and pull ahead of UNK 3-2. The round-tripper was her first in 15 games.

Nebraska-Kearney sent in two more runs in the top of the fourth frame to pull ahead of NSU by one to improve the score 4-3. Northeastern State played back and plated two more runs to move ahead of the Lopers again 5-4. Robison homered to left field to score pinch runner junior Talia Lattimore. Lattimore pinch-ran for freshman Krysti Cearley, who reached base on a walk.

UNK turned their bats once again and scored two runs in the top of the fifth frame and one run in the top of the sixth frame to take a 7-5 lead.

The RiverHawks battled to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh and scored freshman Ryan Martin after Sharp was hit by a pitch to pull with one run of the Lopers 7-6, but the Lopers would limit the damage and get out of the inning.

Nebraska-Kearney worked their offense and tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh to defeat NSU 9-6.

Robison led the RiverHawks with three hits and two RBI while Henson added two hits and three RBI.

Junior Laura Fleck (4-2) took the loss in the circle after throwing 4 1/3 innings. She allowed six hits and six runs. Senior Kylee Cole entered to throw for two frames and allowed seven hits and three runs.

"We left the ball over the plate too much and with the wind blowing out caused for some big home runs against us," Davis said. "We just have to do a better job of getting the ball down and hitting our spots and carry us through as an entire pitching staff."

NSU will be back in action Tuesday in a pair of nonconference games at Rogers State.

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