HARROGATE, TN -- The Lady Railsplitters were swept by the Northern Kentucky University Norse in softball action by scores of 3-0 and 7-2 at Dorothy Neely Field on Tuesday afternoon. With the two losses, Lincoln Memorial University sinks to 8-15 on the season. The Norse move to 8-4 after picking up the two wins on the afternoon.
In game one, Northern Kentucky pitcher, Emily Schwaeble held the Lady Railsplitters hitless as both pitchers carried perfect games through three frames. A run in the top of the fourth and two runs in the top of the seventh made the difference as the Norse picked up a 3-0 victory.
In game two, the Lady Railsplitters held a 2-1 lead after three before the Norse rallied for six runs in the final four innings to run away with a 7-2 win and complete the sweep.
Game One- Northern Kentucky-3
After three innings of scoreless perfection from Lady Railsplitter pitcher, Meghan LaFevor, and Norse pitcher, Emily Schwaeble, Northern Kentucky broke through in the top of the fourth. Jessica Ferris led off that frame by reaching on a muffed throw by the Lady 'Splitters and was quickly sent home off the bat of Mandi McQueen, who doubled to left center. The next three batters went down in order to stop the rally and make it 1-0 in favor of the Norse.
The Lady Railsplitters placed their first runner on base in the bottom of the fourth as Bridget Eicher's two-out walk ended Schwaeble's no-hit bid. A strike out ended any scoring opportunity for LMU and the
game remained at 1-0.
Two more perfect innings from both pitchers followed until the Norse broke away in the top of the seventh frame. Natalie Papi's two-out walk set the stage and Dee Dee Davis capitalized with an RBI double in the following at-bat. An error on a pop fly plated Davis as Northern Kentucky extended their lead to 3-0.
LMU mounted a one-out walk from Eicher in the bottom of the seventh but a strike out and a ground out ended any potential rally as the Lady Railsplitters fell 3-0 in game one.
Meghan LaFevor was saddled with the loss despite a magnificent performance in the circle. She tossed a complete game and allowed only two earned runs, two hits, and struck out three batters. She was bested on this day by Emily Schwaeble's no-hitter, in which she struck out 12 Lady Railsplitters in the game.
Game Two- Northern Kentucky-7
In the bottom of the first, the Lady Railsplitters threatened as Sarah Walz and Amanda Snow singled in the frame to put runners on first and third with two outs. A ground out ended the rally and kept the game at 0-0 after one.
The Norse found their way to the board first in the top of the third, as Kari Lang's leadoff homerun put the Norse on top 1-0. The Lady 'Splitters responded by gaining the lead in the bottom of that frame. Brianna Mulkey reached safely on a bunt single and stole second where she was driven in by Bridget Eicher's double two batters later. Amanda Snow singled in the following at-bat to plate Eicher and put LMU on top 2-1.
Northern Kentucky answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Natalie Papi slapped a one-out double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Katelyn Roy's RBI single to tie the contest at 2-2.
After a scoreless fifth frame, the Norse grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the sixth with an RBI single from Roy, which plated Dee Dee Davis who singled earlier in the frame.
The Lady Railsplitters went down in order in the bottom of the sixth and Northern Kentucky blew the game open with a four run bulge in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Kaylin Steinmetz's RBI single and Emily Schwaeble's two-run blast.
LMU would put a runner on second base as Brianna Mulkey reached on an error and stole second with two outs. The rally fell short as the Lady Railsplitters grounded out to end the game and suffer a 7-2 defeat.
Taylor McGinnis was dealt the loss as she tossed two innings in relief and allowed six hits and five runs. Amanda Snow led the offensive attack for the Lady 'Splitters with her two hit performance.
LMU will be back in action on Thursday, March 8th, as they host King College for a two-game set at Dorothy Neely Field. Game one is notched for a 2 p.m. start.
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