CLERMONT, Fla. – The Purdue University Northwest softball team split its opening day of the PFX Spring Games, falling to Lock Haven, 8-2 but bouncing back to defeat the University of Charleston (W.V.) 4-1 in the night cap.
Game 1: Lock Haven 8, PNW 2
Lock Haven started the game off with one run in the first inning followed by another in the top of the third to take an early 2-0 advantage.
Tessa Steffens (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield) put the Pride on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when she cleared the left field fence for a home run, making it 2-1 in favor of Lock Haven.
The Bald Eagles would add another run in the top of the sixth inning, but Madison Schultz (Lafayette, Ind./Faith Christian) would get that run back for the Pride with an RBI-double to bring in Steffens.
Lock Haven was able to score five runs in the top half of the seventh inning which was the deciding factor in the Bald Eagles victory.
Game 2: PNW 4, Charleston 1
After four scoreless innings to start the game, PNW broke it open in the top of the fifth inning when Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) crossed home after singling earlier in the inning to make it 1-0 in favor of the Pride.
Amanda Noblett (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) would also score after singling earlier in the fifth followed by Kalyn Learnard (Fairmount, Ill./Catlin) driving in Heather O’Kelly (Worth, Ill./Shepard) to make it 3-0.
After the Golden Eagles scored in the bottom half of the fifth, Learnard would drive in O’Kelly for the second time of the game in the seventh inning, helping lead the Pride to the 4-1 win.
Courtney Blackwell (Whiting, Ind./Whiting) pitched a complete game with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed in her third win of the season.
The Pride are back in action Wednesday, March 13, when they face off with Shepherd University and Winona State.