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Late Phoenix outburst enough to hold on for Game 1 win.
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Green Bay Splits Friday Afternoon Twinbill in Kentucky

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: April 29, 2016
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By Patrick Stumpf

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. ( – The Green Bay softball team (17-29, 8-8 HL) returned to Horizon League action on Friday afternoon against Northern Kentucky (12-37, 4-15 HL), splitting a double-header at Frank Ignatius Grein Field. 

The Phoenix scored eight runs in a two-inning span and held off a late-inning Norse rally for an 8-7 victory in Game 1, before scattering six hits in a Game 2 loss, 7-0. Due to inclement weather, the series finale between the two teams will be played at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday morning.

Green Bay 8, NKU 7 (Game 1)

What appears to be a pitcher's duel early on turned out to be anything but over the game's final three innings. After Green Bay's Bailey Smaney and NKU's Ashlynn Roberts cruised through the first four frames, the Phoenix finally broke through in a big way in the fifth.

First, junior left fielder Abby Brinkmeier drove in a pair with a 2-RBI double, then three batters later first baseman Allie Taylor socked a 3-run home run, part of a five-run inning for Green Bay.

The Norse got three back after a 3-run double from right fielder Zahrya McFarland made it 5-3, but once again the Phoenix put up a crooked number in the sixth, as a lead-off triple by Katelyn Huemmer was cashed in by a NKU error. Then a pair of RBI singles from Kelli Hutchinson and Acacia Tupa extended the Green Bay advantage back to five, at 8-3.

Although Smaney was unable to finish the seventh, allowing four runs, sophomore Katie Rossmann was brought on in relief, inducing a game-ending pop-out to earn her second save of 2016. With the win, the freshman Smaney improved to 10-9 on the season.

NKU 7, Green Bay 0 (Game 2)

Although Game 2 began in similar fashion, the Phoenix had no answer for the Norse's Jordan Harbacek, as the freshman threw a six-hit shutout to stymie Green Bay's hope of a sweep.

Scoreless through three frames, NKU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a 2-run home run by third baseman Kate Bartolovich, then tacked on five more in the sixth – three coming off Bartolovich's second blast of the game – to run away with the nightcap.

Brinkmeier went 3-for-4, finishing her afternoon with five hits in eight plate appearances, while Huemmer went 2-for-2 for the Phoenix.


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