Softball Splits with Southwest Baptist
Tomlin & TrosperPace Lopers in Game 1 Victory
Kearney, Neb. – Senior center fielder MackenzieTomlin hit a walk off single down the right field line to help Nebraska-Kearneyrally past Southwest Baptist, 5-4 (8 innings), in game one of a double headerSunday afternoon at Dryden Park.
SBU scored eight in the top of the sixth inning to win thenight cap, 10-2 (6 innings). Both teams are 3-9 on the young season.
In the 2014 home opener, the Lopers were blanked over thefirst five innings by Bearcat freshman starter Kacey Ayers. At the plate, SBUscored runs in three different innings to grab a seemingly comfortable 4-0lead.
Tomlin (2 for 4) started the Kearney sixth with a double toright center and then freshman left fielder Taylre Keenan (Ralston) walked.After an SBU error and Ayers sixth and final strikeout, Tomlin scored on afielder's choice hit by sophomore DP Kaitlin Hehnke (Grand Island H.S.).
Sophomore third baseman Sam Liebmann (Valenica, Calif.) keptUNK's hopes alive with a two-run double to dead center. A single by NorthPlatte senior catcher Jen Kramer (2 for 3) drove Ayers from the game and thensenior right fielder Whitney Frederick (Blair) greeted reliever Kyra Parkerwith a game tying single.
Grand Island junior Taryn Trosper earned the win by throwing3.1 innings of scoreless relief. She fanned three and walked none while givingup just one hit.
The Loper eighth started with a lead offsingle by Liebmann(2 for 4). Pinch runner Kenzie Helmink (Fairbury) promptly stole second andthen moved to third on a passed ball. The next two batters walked, the secondintentionally.
After SBU's Allison Easley got a strikeout, Tomlin deliveredthe game winner.
For SBU, cleanup hitter Caitlyn Cooner went 2 for 4 with twoRBI's and a solo homer.
UNK tried to come back in the second game as they scored twicein the fifth to knot things up a two. Helmink scored on a booted ground balland Tomlin brought home Frederick with a single.
However, SBU took advantage of two Loper errors to scoreseven unearned runs in the sixth. The big blows were a two-run homer by firstbaseman Taylar Golay and a two-run double by pinch hitter Dana Graves.
Elmwood sophomore DP Erin Dwyer did go 2 for 3 as UNK'scleanup hitter.
The Lopers host Central Missouri in a double header Mondayat 1:00 p.m.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information