Green Bay Splits Twinbill at Northern Kentucky on Sunday
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Green Bay resumed its second game of the series with Northern Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, earning a 7-3 victory over the Norse after Allie Taylor hit a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs. NKU (14-35, 8-13) bounced back in the series finale, avoiding a series sweep with a 12-4, six-inning victory.
Green Bay 7, NKU 3
Green Bay (4-29, 3-16) entered the top of the fourth inning owning a 3-1 lead, one that it had constructed on Friday before the game was delayed due to lighting. Despite the day off, the Phoenix kept its stride and continued to build on its lead.
Allie Taylor had an excellent day at the plate for the Phoenix, slugging a pair of home runs to establish a new program record for most in a career with 18. The senior went 3-for-4 on the day and tallied a total of five RBIs. Both of Taylor's homers in the first game of the day were two-run shots.
The Phoenix were outhit 6-7 in the matchup but the defense held strong and only allowed three runs. Sinead Korvela pitched a complete game for Green Bay and picked up her first win of the season.
The Norse tried to mount a comeback in the final inning of play starting with a Maher two-run home run, but the Phoenix had placed them at too large of a deficit and closed out the game with minimal damage, securing a 7-3 victory.
NKU 12, Green Bay 4
NKU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, as Kailey Rossiter got the ball rolling with a leadoff single to left field. She was driven in by Ferrante off a double to center field, and Sydney Ferrante in turn was sent home when Alina Maher unleashed a home run to center field.
Green Bay added a run in both the third and fourth innings, closing the gap to 4-2 but the Norse exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to all but put the game out of reach for the Phoenix.
Green Bay was able to avoid a fifth-inning run rule with two runs in the top of the fifth, but NKU took the necessary eighth-run lead to end the game early with an RBI single from Psige McQueen, closing out the contest at 12-4.
Though the result didn't reflect it, both squads recorded 12 hits, with three Phoenix recording a multi-hit outing, along with Jenna Smarzinski knocking in a pair of runs.
Green Bay will close out the regular season next weekend at Cleveland State, opening the series on Friday in Cleveland at 1 p.m.
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