NKU softball splits doubleheader with UW-Parkside

The Lady Norse softball team split its two games against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Sunday afternoon.

In game one of the doubleheader NKU rallied behind great pitching by freshman Emily Breitholle and late game heroics by senior Joanna Doerner, to defeat Wisconsin-Parkside 2-0.

Doerner led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a game-winning home run, and Breitholle pitched a 1-2-3 inning to seal the win in the top of the seventh.

“After hitting the home run I was just worried about going back on defense,” said Doerner. ” This was a defensive game and defense helped us out a lot.”

With the victory, Breitholle’s record improved to 8-1 on the season.

The Norse struggled in game two, mustering up just one hit and scoring no runs against the Lady Rangers pitcher Jennifer Mayer.

“She pitched a good game, but I think we just struggled more than anything,” said Doerner. “They played good defense and made some great plays.”

The game was scoreless heading into the third inning, when Wisconsin-Parkside senior Jamie Polzien belted a triple to center field of off NKU pitcher Katie Garling, scoring runners off second and third base to take a 2-0 lead.

NKU was able to get runners on base through multiple errors by the Rangers, but left them stranded every time.

“We had trouble moving our players around once we got on base,” said Doerner. “They made big plays on defense.”

The Lady Norse’s next home game will be April 2, against Kentucky State University.