Demons shut out NIU

By Andrew Hanson

The NIU softball team didn’t get any chance for redemption in Tuesday’s doubleheader at DePaul.

After losing the first game 3-0, the Huskies had no opportunity to play DePaul again, as the second game was canceled before the start of the first game due to cold weather.

“I wasn’t upset before the first game [that the second game was canceled],” pitcher Taryn Hagemann said. “But after we lost the first game, I was.”

The game started off in a deadlock as both teams failed to get a hit in the first inning.

The Huskies (18-21 overall, 6-8 MAC) got a lead-off single from junior Ellen Stoddard but were not able to capitalize as DePaul pitcher Stephanie Blagaich had the next batter, Ashley Clement, hit into a double play and retired the last batter, Randi Kreiter.

In the bottom of the third, DePaul (25-15, 9-5)was finally figured out Hagemann and started off with a lead-off single by junior Kara Amundson.

Senior Sara Bandauski advanced Amundson on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Marcy Wilus stepped to the plate and hit a home run to center field, scoring two runs.

“We didn’t get big hits when we needed and they did,” head coach Donna Martin said.

Hagemann found herself in another jam when DePaul had runners on second and third with one out when junior Linda Secka came to the plate. Secka reached first on a fielder’s choice and DePaul scored a run.

NIU couldn’t get anything offensively from the second inning until the sixth inning.

In the sixth, senior Kelly Drozd doubled to center field with one out. Freshman Bailey Ouellette singled to center field but was thrown out at second base trying to advance. With a runner on third, NIU wasn’t able to take advantage as senior Elyse Jamrozy grounded out.

Blagaich got three Huskies out and ended the game.

Drozd, Ouellette, and Stoddard each lead NIU offensively with one hit.

Despite the loss, Martin said she was impressed with pitchers Hagemann and senior Lindsey LaChiana and they kept NIU in the game.

Hagemann pitched 4.1 innings with three earned runs off three hits with one strikeout.

LaChiana came into relief after in the fifth inning and no earned runs on one hit and one strikeout.

“We didn’t have any errors,” Hagemann said. “Just one pitch decided the game.”