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Softball Splits with Stritch in CCAC Twin Bill

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Cardinal Stritch4311X9111
Win: Sino (0-0) 5.031025
Loss: Headley (0-0) 1.256602
Pagan (PNW) 201000
Brown (PNW) 211000
Sardella (PNW) 201000
Odolski (CSUSB) 323100
April 01, 20171234567RHE
Purdue Northwest01203208113
Cardinal Stritch0212001671
Win: Brown (0-0) 7.076633
Loss: Sino (0-0) 3.043332
Kotzo (PNW) 523300
Pagan (PNW) 323212
Blazich (CSUSB) 322100
Softball Splits with Stritch in CCAC Twin Bill
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Softball Splits with Stritch in CCAC Twin Bill

MILWAUKEE, Ill – The Purdue University Northwest softball team split a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference games Saturday on the road.

The Pride (11-14-1, 1-3 CCAC) fell to the Wolves (13-10) in Game 1, 9-1, before winning Game 2, 8-6.

PNW returns to action Monday, April 3, when the Pride take on conference foe St. Ambrose at Dowling Park in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. CT. 

GAME 1: CARDINAL STRITCH 9, PNW 1 (5 innings)

The Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in en route to a big win in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Stritch starter Fatime Sino held the Pride to just three hits in the opener, as PNW’s Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), Caroline Brown (Minooka, Ill./Minooka Community), and Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) each tallied hits for the visitors.

Down 4-0, PNW tallied its only run in the second inning when Brown, who singled, scored on a Wolves’ error.


GAME 2: PNW 8, Stritch 6

Holly Pagan opened Game 2 with a solo home run in the second inning to kick start PNW in the day’s second game.

Stritch answered with a two-run double by Karly Lange in the bottom of the inning to give the host a 2-1 lead, but the Pride would answer again with a run in the third on a Taylor Kotzo (Munster, Ind./Munster) RBI triple that scored Olivia Sardella (single), that tied the game at 2-all. Kotzo would later score on a passed ball to make it 3-2 PNW before Stirtch answered again with three runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 5-3 lead.

That’s when Kyleigh Payne (Bourbonnais, Illl./Bishop McNamara) blasted her seventh home of the year in the fifth, scoring Kotzo to tie the game at 5-all. Pagan then delivered, belting a solo shot over the fence in the same inning to give the Pride a 6-5 lead.

Kotzo added a two-RBI double in the sixth to make it 8-5 before Stritch scored one in the seventh before Caroline Brown closed the Wolves out for her third win of the year.

Kotzo finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and Pagan was 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead PNW. Senior Hannah Lopez (Granada Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) and Sardella added two hits to round out the Pride offensive leaders.

Brown scattered seven hits and struck out three in her complete-game outing.