Two Extra-Inning Games Equals Another Split for Softball

From Sports Information Director, March 17, 2008 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

ORLANDO, Fla. - The St. Norbert College women's softball team split a doubleheader for the third consecutive day at the Rebel Games.

St. Norbert (3-3) was forced to a pair of extra-inning games, both going nine innings. The Green Knights beat Bethany (W. Va.) College 9-6 in the first game before falling to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 4-3 in the nightcap.

The Green Knights jumped ahead 3-0 in the second inning against Bethany, but were not able to increase their lead despite drawing eight walks in the first two innings.

St. Norbert did not get its first base hit until Erin Pamperin led off the fifth inning with a single with the score tied 3-3. Following a sacrifice bunt, Lindsey Reynolds drilled an RBI double. Kim Sawyer later drove in Reynolds on a single for a 5-3 lead.

Bethany answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, and neither team would score again until St. Norbert posted four runs in the top of the ninth. Brieanne Oehlke drove in Tracy Palmer, Reynolds tripled to drive in Pamperin and Oehlke, and Sam Boushley singled to plate Reynolds.

Mara Resch went the distance to earn her first win of the season. Resch scattered 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Reynolds was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, Boushley was 3-for-4 and Pamperin 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

St. Norbert's bats went cold against MCLA, connecting safely just four times in the nightcap.

The Green Knights scored in the first inning when Palmer doubled and moved over to third on a sacrifice by Pamperin. Oehlke's groundball to shortstop scored Palmer.

MCLA tied the game in the fourth when Ashley Morrison doubled and then scored when the throw from the outfield overshot the infield.

Both teams scored in the eighth, but MCLA would score two runs in the top of the ninth. St. Norbert pulled to within one when Kayla Krueger scored on a wild pitch but two runners were left stranded when the game ended.

Krueger took the hard-luck loss, allowing seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Maggie Kucharski picked up the win for MCLA, allowing four hits, four walks and striking out two.