The Northeastern State softball team split a doubleheader with Nebraska-Kearney Saturday afternoon at RiverHawks Park.
The RiverHawks (21-11, 8-4 MIAA) run-ruled the Lopers (5-19, 3-9 MIAA) in the first matchup 10-2 but UNK took the second game 9-6.
First game: NSU 10, UNK 2
Northeastern State plated two runs in the home half of the first frame to lead Nebraska-Kearney 2-0. Junior Alyssa Aguilar singled up the middle to drive home senior Allyson Pogue and freshman Randye Sharp. Pogue reached base on a walk while Sharp reached base after getting hit by a pitch.
NSU crept up again in the bottom of the third frame to improve their lead by three to make the score 5-0. Senior Madison Reed reached base on a throwing error. Sharp hit a single straight up the middle to score Reed. Aguilar singled to right field to score Sharp. Freshman Jaicey Robertson spent a sacrifice fly to score Pogue. Pogue reached base on a double down the left field line.
The Lopers were able to score two runs in the top of the fourth frame to make the score 5-2 on a home run from Sydney Trosper. NSU senior Navada Campos answered back with a leadoff home run to center field to improve the NSU score to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Northeastern State tacked on four runs in the bottom of the fifth to earn the run-rule victory.
Aguilar scoree the first run of the fifth frame after Robison reached on a throwing error. Campos sent a home run blast down the left field line to score Robison and Robertson to defeat Nebraska-Kearney 10-2. Campos hit two home runs in a game for the second time in her career and the first time since accomplishing the feat on Feb. 24, 2013 against Bacone College.
"Some key people finally stepped up and got some big hits," NSU coach Clay Davis said. "Navada Campos with two home runs and four RBI were big for us."
She led the RiverHawks with four runs batted in, while Aguilar added two hits and three RBI.
NSU sophomore Kayce Wooldridge (10-5) threw a complete game tabbed the win in the circle. She allowed only two hits and two runs.