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NSU softball team splits with Lady Islanders
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NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State softball team split its first conference series of the season after dropping the second game to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3-1 on Saturday at the Lady Demon Diamond Complex.

 NSU (11-15, 1-1 SLC) scored in the fourth inning to break a 0-0 tie when Brianna Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield to score Tara McKenney with one out. McKenney reached base by ripping a leadoff double over the leftfielder’s head.

 “Tara is in the leadoff spot for a reason, she gets everything going. We have a lot of confidence in her, but as a team we need to be able to put together more than three hits to win games,” said head coach Donald Pickett.

 TAMUCC (6-12, 2-2 SLC) answered in the next frame when the first batter, Katelyn Potts, hit a pitch-hit home run to leftfield. The blast marked the first career-hit for the freshman, and was the first hit of the game for the Islanders.

 Corpus-Christi added on in the sixth with two runs on two hits and a safe fielder’s choice play. Cassie Carroll and Valerie Perez each knocked RBI singles to give TAMUCC the 3-1 advantage.

 “We made some mental mistakes in the inning and TAMUCC got timely hits and took full advantage of it. We want to make teams earn every run they get because good teams will cash-in on bad decisions,” Pickett said.

 Kelee Grimes (5-6) struck out eight batters in 5.1 innings, but took the loss after surrendering three earned runs. Brooke Boening pitched 1.2 perfect innings of relief.

 Greta Ceccheti (2-3) pitched a complete-game and earned the win for the Islanders. She allowed just one run on three hits and strikeout five.

 Blair Beard extended her hitting streak to seven games with a single to rightfield in the sixth inning. Samantha Roberts beat out an infield single in the fourth to reach base safely for the fifth consecutive game.   

 “We have a good team, and just need to keep working hard and getting better every time we take the field,” Pickett said.  

 The Lady Demons will be back in action Tuesday with a non-conference road game against Jackson State at 4 p.m then host McNeese State Friday at 6 p.m. in Southland Conference action.
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