EKU Softball Pushes Winning Streak to Eight After Beating NKU

Posted at 11:06 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 23:06:51-04
Amanda Sjoberg swings the bat for EKU – Photo by EKU Athletics

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team pushed its winning streak to eight games after taking down Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday at Gertrude Hood Field.

EKU (26-15, 12-4 OVC) scored in each of the first four innings to take down the Norse, 6-3.

Sammi Miller got things started in the first inning with a leadoff walk, before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Back-to-back fly balls by Destinee Lizzmore and Hannah Clark brought her around to take the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Amanda Sjoberg picked up the first hit of her career with one out to get things started. After Sjoberg stole second, Melissa Jacobsen singled through the left side to give the Colonels a 2-0 lead. Miller wasted no time extending the lead, taking the first pitch of her next at-bat down the left field line for a double to bring home Jacobsen and give Eastern a 3-0 advantage.

Northern Kentucky (13-23, 6-5 Horizon) got one back in the top of the third.

Torree Stalter singled down the left field line with one out to get the Norse started. After Josie Frazier reached on an error, putting runners on first and second with one out, Zahrya McFarland singled up the middle to score Stalter and cut the lead to 3-1.

The Colonels wasted no time getting that run back in the third inning. Zoe Mihalicz sent a 2-0 pitch the other way to put a runner on first with one out. After Mihalicz advanced to second on a wild pitch, Carly Robinson singled up the middle to make it a 4-1 lead.

Sjoberg and Jacobsen each picked up their second hits of the game to start the bottom of the fourth with no one out. After a walk by Miller loaded the bases, Lizzmore sent a 1-1 pitch down the left field line to take the 6-1 lead over the Norse.

Northern scored one more in the fifth and seventh innings to make the score 6-3.

Mollie Paulick picked her team-high 10th win on the year, throwing one and two-third scoreless innings of relief while striking out three.

Sjoberg went 2-for-3 with one run on the night. Jacobsen was 2-for-2 with two runs and Mihalicz went 2-for-3 with one run.

Eastern now hits the road for a seven game road swing starting on Friday at Belmont University. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m.