The Purdue North Central Softball team traveled to Tucson, Arizona this Spring to start off their year and annual Spring Trip and finished 8-9 overall.
The Panthers had a strong showing in day one of their spring break trip. PNC led each game and fought hard, never giving up when behind on the scoreboard. Game one saw a heartbreaker when Siena Heights was able to hit in two runs on a double in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the win away 2-1. Game two put Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Trinity International against PNC. Another hard fought game with the Panthers coming out on top in extra innings 8-7. Game three saw another tough battle between the Saints of Siena Heights and the Panthers. This time it was PNC with the last inning rally to take the win 10-8. The Panthers return to action on Saturday 3-6-10 when they will see another triple game day.
The PNC softball team opened their season and the first game of the year against the Siena Heights Saints of Michigan. Strong defense prevented either team from stringing together many hits. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Bridges took the mound and threw six solid innings facings twenty-two batters and striking out three. Offensively, the Panthers were led by freshman Lindsay Brandner with a solo Homer in the second, the only run for PNC.
The Panthers were able to hang tough until the bottom of the seventh when Saints batter hit a double off of closing pitcher, sophomore Jaci Williams that drove in two runs giving Siena the win.
Game two of the Tucson Invitational pitted conference rival Trinity International University against the Panthers. Freshman pitcher Amanda Jones took the mound for PNC throwing five stellar innings striking out six. Pitching duties were then handed over to Sophomore Karissa Inglis, pitching six innings striking out four. The Panther bats were led by freshman Lindsay Brandner with three hits and Sophomore Brittani Cain with two.
A true spectators’ game as both teams combined for 25 hits in the game. Scoreless through three innings, Trinity got on the board first scoring two runs in the top of the fourth. The Panthers answered right back in the bottom with a pinch hit double from Megan Olson scoring Amanda Jones and Brittani Cain. Erin Burleson added one more run in the inning scoring Olson to take the lead 3-2.
Trinity answered right back in the top of the fifth scoring two more runs taking the lead back 4-3. But the Panthers never say quit attitude saw the team buckle down stop Trinity from scoring in the top of the seventh and tying the game in the bottom when Lindsay Brandner’s single to right field scored sophomore Sam Michalski.
They remained the same through eight and nine. Both team mustered a run a piece in the tenth. The eleventh saw the Panthers go behind two to Trinity. The young team never panicked going right to work in the bottom of the eleventh. Freshman Nicole Nickoson drove in freshman Erin Burleson cutting the lead to one. Lindsay Brandner continued her great day by hitting in Downs to tie the game. But it was freshman Santana Bozman with a little infield blooper that scored Brandner, giving PNC their first win of the season.
The Panthers faced Michigan’s Siena Heights again in the nightcap and in their third game of the day. Again the bats were hot for PNC as they were able to get 13 hits scoring ten runs. Sophomores led the way as Lindsay Gernenz, Sam Michalski, and Megan Olson combined for eight hits and four runs. The Panthers’ defense was led by Jaci Williams with four innings pitched and one strike out. Freshman Erin Burleson and Amber Welsh finished up the night keeping Siena guessing in the final three innings.
Strong offense put the Panthers up 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth. But a big rally from the Saints in the fifth and sixth put them ahead 8-6. The Panthers never say die attitude saw the team once again come together to rally in the bottom of the seventh scoring four and taking the win away from the Saints.
The PNC softball team finished day one 2-1 as they looked to face Madonna, Hope International University and Aquinas College of Michigan in day two of action.
The Panthers moved to 3-3 after this day two of action in the Tucson Invitational Tournament. PNC first faced nationally ranked Madonna University. The Panthers fought hard but fell 14-6 to #13 Madonna. In game two PNC faced Hope International University. Another tough outing for the Panthers as Hope defeated PNC 9-2. The Panthers were able to right the ship in game three taking the game away from Aquinas College 9-1. PNC softballers will be back in action on Sunday for another triple game day.
The Madonna offense made it look easy against the Lady Panther defense on day two of the Tucson Invitational. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead 2-0 in the first before Madonna turned up the heat. Madonna mustered 16 hits off PNC pitching bringing in 14 runs. The Panthers were able to steal six runs from Madonna but were unable to prevent shortened game due to the 8 run rule. The Panthers move to 2-2 on the day.
In game two the Panthers pitted PNC against California’s Hope International University. Hope got on the board first scoring a run in the first. The Panthers took the lead scoring two runs in the second. Hope took control of the game in the fifth scoring five runs, taking the lead 6-2. Hope added three more runs winning the game by seven with a final score of 9-2.
Game three pitted PNC against Aquinas College of Michigan. The Lady Panther offense came to life in the night cap scoring nine runs on 18 hits. Offensively, PNC was led by Freshman Nicole Nickoson and Sophomore Megan Olson, both having three hits and scoring two runs, Bozman, Gernenz, Cain, and Bridges all added two hits and one run while Inglis and Downs added a hit and a run a piece. Defensively, Brittany Bridges pitched five innings with five strike outs allowing on one run.
The game was shortened due to the 8 run rule with the Panthers defeating Aquinas, 9-1.
The Panthers watched their record slide to 3-3 after picking up just one victory during day two.
PNC was back in action on Sunday when they faced Iowa Wesleyan, Peru State and Bellevue University for day three.
However, what started out as a triple game day ended up being a two game day as rain moved in canceling PNC’s nightcap against Bellevue University.
In game one the Panthers took on the Tigers of Iowa Wesleyan. The Lady Tigers struck first scoring one run in the first. PNC answered with a home run by Karissa Inglis, her second of the season. The Panthers widen their lead in the fifth adding four runs, stretching the lead 7-1. But the Lady Tigers came back in the bottom of the fourth with four runs of their own, cutting the lead to two. Iowa cut the lead to one with a run in the sixth but a strong defense prevented the Lady Tigers from scoring another run giving the win to PNC 7-6.
Offensively, the Panthers were led by Karissa Inglis with two hits and three rbi’s. Megan Olson also had one hit and two rbi’s. Defensively Brittany Bridges led the way pitching four innings striking out six. Amanda Jones and Amber Welsh finished the rest of the game with a strong showing.
Game two pitted PNC against Peru State College of Nebraska. After each team scoring a run in the first, the Lady Bobcats took the lead in the top of the second scoring three runs. The Panthers cut into the lead in the bottom of the second with an unearned bringing the score to 4-2. The Lady Bobcats added to their lead in the top of the third with three more runs extending their lead 7-2. Peru’s defense held strong allowing only one more one in the next three innings as the Bobcat defense added four more runs in the fourth.
The game ended in the fifth due to the eight run rule with the Peru Bobcats winning 11-3 and the Panthers moved to 4-4 on the season. PNC then had an off day on Monday and resumed play Tuesday 3-9-10 when they played Northwestern College of Iowa, Cornerstone University of Michigan and Black Hills State University of North Dakota.
The Lady Panther softball team returned to the diamond for day four of the Tucson Invitational. Game one saw PNC make up the previous day’s rain out game against Bellevue University. After a hard fought game Bellevue squeaked out a win 2-1. Game two pitted PNC against Northwestern College with Northwestern coming out on top 4-3.
The Panthers fought hard in game one of day four only to come up a little short losing to Bellevue University 2-1. The Bruins took the lead in the second on a homer by Gawart to center field. PNC answered back when Santana Bozman hit a single up the right field line to score Sam Michalski, tying the game 1-1. The Lady Bruins took the lead back in the fifth on a double by Gansz driving in Guyle. A strong defensive effort by Bellevue kept PNC from scoring again and ended the game with the Lady Bruins winning 2-1
PNC was stopped short again in game two. The Panthers had the tying run on third in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to tie the game handing Northwestern the win 4-3. Northwestern got on the board in the top of the second with three runs. PNC answered in the bottom of the third with three runs and tied the game. Northwestern brought in a run to retake the lead and held off a tough offensive by PNC to win 4-3. Sandi Downs and Megan Olson led the way for the Panthers, each had three hits. Defensively, Brittany Bridges, Amanda Jones and Jaci Williams combined for six strikeouts on the day.
The PNC softball team dropped to 4-6 after day four and looked to rebound in day five as they played Jamestwon, Mount Marty and Viterbo.
PNC had a slow start but took the last two games of the day to come out on top and move to 6-7 on the season. Game one pitted the Panthers against the Jamestown Jimmies. PNC only mustered two hits in the loss to the Jimmies 8-0 in five innings. The Panthers took some time to themselves and turned on the offense in the next two games defeating Mount Marty 11-2 in five and Viterbo 9-3. PNC returns to play Thursday 3-11-10 to play three more games.
Jamestown Jimmies had twelve hits and seven rbi’s in their 8-0 defeat of PNC. The Panthers offense consisted of two hits from freshman Lindsay Brandner. The Jimmies took the lead early hitting in three runs, one of which was a long homer from Heinemann. Jamestown sealed the deal in the fifth scoring five runs to win the game by the eight run rule.
PNC then had a break in the action watching some of the other games of the day. They then began talking, playing games and becoming more of a team. With a renewed confidence in themselves and each other they took the field to face Mount Marty.
A much more relaxed team took the field to face Mount Marty in game two of the day. Pitcher Erin Burleson gave her best performance of the tourney pitching six complete innings giving up only three hits, two walks and striking out four. Offensively, the Panthers were on fire as the team combined for eight hits brining in eleven runs. The team was lead by Sandi Downs with three hits and two rbi’s followed by Jordan Jones with two hits and two rbi’s. Megan Olson came up with a monster triple in the sixth bringing in three runs, putting PNC up 11-2. The Lady Lancers were unable to close the gap in the bottom of the sixth ending the game by the eight run rule.
Game three saw the Panthers continue their strong hitting ways. PNC scored nine runs off of 15 hits, three of which were homeruns. Viterbo struck first scoring one run in the first. PNC answered back in the second with a run by Amanda Jones. The Panthers stretched the lead by three in the fourth with a solo homerun by Amanda Jones and a two run homer by Brittany Bridges. PNC added two more runs in the fifth stretching the lead with a score of 6-1. Viterbo answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a homerun by Reinert, and a run driven in by Weaver to push the score to 6-3. Lindsay Gernenz drove in Nicole Nickoson in the sixth to push PNC up by four. The Panthers scored two more runs in the top of the seventh off a two run pinch hit homer by Santana Bozman to make the score 9-3.
Defensively, PNC was lead by Brittany Bridges pitching a complete game giving up six hits on three runs with two walks and striking out four.
On the final day of Tucson Invitational the Panthers went .500. PNC won the first and last game finishing the day with two wins and two losses moving their overall total to eight wins and nine losses.
The Panthers began the day strong defeating Monmouth 10-2 in six innings. Game two saw a hitting barrage between PNC and Great Falls with the Panthers coming up short 14-10. Game three pitted the Panthers against Minot state. Although PNC turned in a good performance, Minot was too tough to overcome, losing 6-1. The Panthers turned the heat back up in the final game defeating Mount Marty College 9-1 in five innings.
In game one hot bat’s started the day off right for PNC, as they defeated Monmouth College 10-2 in six innings. PNC struck first scoring four runs in the first inning. Monmouth answered back with their only two runs of the game in the second. The Panthers put on cruise control from there scoring three in the second, two in the third and the game winner in the sixth.
Offensively, PNC was led by freshman Amanda Jones with three hits, scoring three runs. Sophomore Megan Olson continued her hitting ways adding two runs and two RBI’s as well.
Defensively, The Panthers were led by Sophomore Karissa Inglis allowing only two runs on four hits striking out eight in five innings. Freshman Amber Welsh closed out the game striking out two of three batters faced.
In game two of the final day, the Panthers came up short in an offensive showcase by both teams losing to Great Falls University 14-10. Both teams showed strong offense combining for 27 hits on the day. Great Falls took the lead in the first scoring two runs and three runs in the third. PNC answered back in the bottom of the third with four runs, one being a homer by Karissa Inglis.
The Panthers then took the lead in the fourth scoring three runs. Great Falls answered back in the top of the fifth scoring eight runs. PNC chipped away at the lead scoring two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh but fell short in the seventh with Great Falls coming away with the win 14-10.
The Panthers were led offensively by Karissa Inglis with two hits and two RBI’s followed by Sam Michalski with one hit and two RBI’s.
Minot State University controlled the tempo defeating PNC 6-1 to cap off the third game of the day.
PNC could only muster five hits scoring one run losing to Minot State University 6-1. Minot took the lead in the first, scoring one run. They added to the lead in the second third and sixth scoring one in the second, two in the third one in the fifth putting them up 5-0. PNC scored their only run on a single by Sam Michalski, scoring Nicole Nickoson.
Minot topped off their win with a run in the bottom of the sixth and holding a charging PNC team to win 6-1.
Offensively, Sam Michalski led the way with two hits. Nicole Nickoson, Lindsay Gerenenz, and Santana Bozman also had hits for the Panthers.
Defensively, Brittany Bridges pitched four and two thirds innings giving up seven hits and five runs, striking out three. Erin Burleson closed out the game pitching one and one thirds innings giving up one run.
PNC then went on to right the ship and finish out the day and their trip with a win against Mount Marty College.
The Panthers defeated Mount Marty 9-1 in five innings.
PNC jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when Lindsay Gernenz’s single to center drove in Sam Michalski and Karissa Inglis. The Panthers added to that lead in the second when Sandi Downs and Amanda Jones scored on Michalski’s at bat.
Mount Marty cut the lead by one in the third. PNC answered back in the fifth scoring five in the fifth; giving the Panthers the eight runs needed to win the game in the fifth by the eight run rule.
Offensivley, PNC was led by Lindsay Brandner with three hits and one RBI, Lindsay Gernenz with two hits and two RBI’s, and Sandi Downs with two hits and one RBI.
Defensively, Karissa Inglis pitched a complete game of five innings, giving up one run on three hits no walks and striking out one.
PNC softballers ended the Tucson Invitational with a record of eight wins and nine losses.
The softball team continues their play Sunday March 21 at 12 PM with a double header against St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, IN.