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PNW Softball Splits with Cincinnati Christian Sunday

February 26, 20171234567RHE
Purdue Northwest00121307111
Cincinnati Christian304101X9132
Win: Garrett (0-0) 5.074222
Loss: Ford (0-0) 2.033110
Sardella (PNW) 512000
Cole (PNW) 322110
Rouse (CCU) 433300
February 26, 201712345RHE
Purdue Northwest0124512131
Cincinnati Christian01200363
Win: Pagan (1-0) 5.063236
Loss: Tinsley (0-0) 3.043125
Steffens (PNW) 313311
Hudepohl (CCU) 202110
PNW Softball Splits with Cincinnati Christian Sunday
Sunday, February 26, 2017
PNW Softball Splits with Cincinnati Christian Sunday

NEWPORT, Ky. – After dropping the first game to Cincinnati Christian, 9-7, the Purdue University Northwest softball team answered back with a 12-3 victory to cap off a series split with the Eagles Sunday afternoon.

The Pride (2-2) struck fire at the plate in the fourth and fifth innings of Game 2, to propel them over the Eagles (3-2), scoring 9 of its 12 runs in the final two innings.

Sophomore Tessa Steffens (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield had a stellar performance at the plate, going 4-for-7 on the day, including a 3-for-3 performance in Game 2 where she hit her first home run of the season.

Kyleigh Payne (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara)  went 3-for-6 at the plate on the day with two runs scored while Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) recorded three hits and scored three runs.

Game 2: PNW 12, Cincinnati Christian 3 (5 innings)
Both teams were even at three runs a piece after three innings of play, but the bats came alive along with some aggressive base running in the top half of the fourth inning, to give the Pride a 7-3 advantage.

Senior Caroline Brown (Minooka, Ill./Minooka Community) led off a five-fun fifth inning which helped propel the Prides offense.

Taylor Kotzo (Munster, Ind./Munster) and Kyleigh Payne would drive in the final two runs of the inning, to push the Black and Gold ahead of the Eagles, 12-3.

Junior Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett)  pitched a complete game for the Pride, recording six strikeouts in five innings of work.

Game 1: Cincinnati Christian 9, PNW 7

The Eagles jumped ahead early in the first game, scoring three runs in the first frame to take a 3-0 advantage.

Emily Cole (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North) scored the Pride’s first run in the third inning, but Cincinnati Christian would answer back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning and take a 7-1 lead.

The Pride kept on battling for the rest of the game, cutting in to their deficit each inning, but the Eagles would hold off a comeback effort from the Black and Gold and take the 9-7 victory.

The Black and Gold return to play on Saturday, Mar. 5, when they travel to Midway, Ky. For a doubleheader with Midway University starting at 1 p.m. (CT).