Hagemann continues hot streak

By Lacy Searcy

Despite the poor weather conditions in Indianapolis Saturday, the NIU softball team pulled away with a victory 4-2 over Butler.

The game was supposed to be the first of a doubleheader, but due to weather conditions, the teams only played game 1.

“Considering the conditions, I think we did a pretty good job,” said NIU coach Donna Martin. “It’s not easy to play in weather that’s constantly changing, and we did a pretty good job staying consistent and staying focused.”

The Huskies were led by starting pitcher Taryn Hagemann, who pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs and seven hits.

The win boosts Hagemann’s record to 5-6, this being her third in a row.

Martin expressed her joy in Hagemann success.

“She has improved in her consistency,” Martin said. “Hagemann has kept her pitches in control. She also has good run support.”

The win was the Huskies’ (10-9) fifth in their last six games.

“This team works really hard,” Martin said. “They’re starting to play together as a team.”

Meanwhile, Butler (8-7) dropped its last three.

The Huskies started the offense early, scoring the first two runs on a home run to center field by catcher Elyse Jamrozy.

The Bulldogs tried to rally in the bottom of the third inning with a home run from outfielder Jenny Jacobs, but the Huskies still held a 2-1 advantage.

The Huskies answered in the top of the fourth, with a bunt single from freshman infielder Jenna Roberts, to put the Huskies up 3-1.

Hagemman continued to pitch strongly the rest of the way to secure the Huskies’ 10th win of the season.

Huskies’ first baseman Ellen Stoddard finished the game going three for three.

Bulldogs’ third baseman Annie Dolan led her team with two hits.

The Huskies play their first MAC game against Central Michigan on March 31 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.