OVERVIEW – FAIRMONT STATE/#10 MINNESOTA STATE
SCORES: Northwood Timberwolves 4, Fairmont State Knights 3/Minnesota State Mavericks 5, Northwood 4
RECORDS: Northwood 6-3/Fairmont State 0-7/Minnesota State 8-3
LOCATION: Winter Haven, Florida
RECAP: Northwood softball opened their spring break trip to Florida by going 1-1, defeating Fairmont State 4-3 before falling to Minnesota State 5-4 Saturday (March 7).
FAIRMONT STATE HIGHLIGHTS
- Fairmont got on the board first with a run in the top of the third to go up 1-0.
- Northwood leveled the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Sydni Culps that scored Julia Gross.
- The Knights went back on top thanks to a two-run homer in the fifth to make the score 3-1.
- Northwood responded with a run on an error in the bottom of the fifth to cut the advantage to 4-3.
- Lauren Castellon came up with the key hit for Northwood to earn the comeback win. Her two-run single in the bottom of the sixth gave the Timberwolves the lead for good at 4-3.
FAIRMONT STATE GAME STATS
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 4/8/2, Fairmont State: 3/5/2
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 7, Fairmont State: 6
- Winning Pitcher – Shayna Frank (4-1): 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 8 K
- Losing Pitcher – Kelly Cosgrove (0-2): 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R (2 ER), BB, 3 K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Castellon: 2-3, 2 RBIs, R
- Culps: 2-3, RBI
- Julia Gross: 3B, R
MINNESOTA STATE HIGHLIGHTS
- Northwood took the lead in the third inning on a Culps sacrifice fly that plated Maddie Coulter.
- The Mavericks put together a four-run third inning to take a 4-1 lead.
- Northwood bounced back immediately in the fourth, starting with a two-run single by Julia Gross to make the score 4-3.
- Grace Dutoi then finished inning with an RBI double to tie the score 4-4.
- The score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth when the Mavericks came through with the game-winning run.
MINNESOTA STATE GAME STATS
- Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 4/7/2, Minnesota State: 5/11/1
- Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 8, Minnesota State: 6
- Winning Pitcher – Katie Bracken (1-2): 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- Losing Pitcher – Riley Shagena (1-2): 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, R, K
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- The Timberwolves will face Southern Indiana and St. Cloud State Sunday (March 8), starting at 10:15 a.m.