Softball wins one game over weekend

By James Cantagallo

On a weekend that had big MAC Tournament implications for the NIU softball, it as was only able to win one game.

The Huskies split their games with MAC East leading Bowling Green and dropped both games to Toledo.

Dani Parrish led NIU in its 4–3 game one win versus the Falcons (32–17, 12–4 MAC). The left handed senior was three four and led the Huskies with three RBIs.

The Huskies (19–32, 7–13 MAC) jumped out to a 1–0 lead in the first after a Parrish single to start the game, and a Jennifer Barnett single later in the inning to drive her in.

Bowling Green would go on to score a run in the first, and two in the third, to take a 3–1 lead. NIU pitchers Megan Dortch and Jessica Sturm held the Falcons at three for the rest of the game. In the top of the fifth, Parrish tied the game when she tripled to left-center driving in two runs. Parrish would come up big again in the top of the seventh, when she doubled driving in Amanda Sheppard from first for the game-winning run.

“Our team played well,” Parrish said. “We beat the number one team in the MAC right now. Our pitchers came out and our team did good as a whole, so it was a big win for all of us.”

In game two, the Falcons’ offense exploded for 15 runs on 15 hits to take down the Huskies by a score of 15–2.

Toledo (18–32, 8–10 MAC) swept NIU in a doubleheader Sunday.

“Those were important games; games we were capable of definitely being more competitive in and winning, but we didn’t,” said NIU coach Lindsay Chouinard.

The Rockets came out swinging in game one and beat the Huskies 10–0 in five innings.

NIU responded by jumping out to a 3–0 lead in the second inning of game two, but it was unable to tack on more runs. Toledo battled back with a run in the bottom of the second and three runs in the fourth to win the game 4–3.

“We need to be able to put people away when we have the chance,” Chouinard said. “We had upperclassmen, juniors and seniors, come up with bases loaded and a three-run lead against Toledo and no outs, and we couldn’t push anything across.”