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NIU softball wins title at Colorado State Classic

March 7, 2011
Adriana Sanchez

Adriana Sanchez

The Northern Illinois University softball team won the Colorado State Classic, going 4-1 in the weekend tournament, including a doubleheader sweep Sunday.

The Huskies (6-8) held on to defeat Sacred Heart, 6-5 in the first game, then posted a 16-5 rout of Colorado State in their second game of the day.

“The offense carried the day again for us, which is obviously what we need,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. “It was a great weekend going 4-1.”

Northern Illinois jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) double that drove in two runs. After Sacred Heart took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, the Huskies responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Tofft drove in her third run of the game on her second double of the contest to start the rally. Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) and Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) each knocked in a run to give NIU the 5-3 lead.

NIU added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) scored from third on an error by the shortstop. It would turnout to be a big insurance run as the Pioneers would plate two runs in the top of the seventh. However, that would be as close as they would get and the Huskies would claim the victory.

The Huskies cruised in their second game of the day, racking up 16 runs on 14 hits on Colorado State. NIU’s game with the Rams was suspended by darkness last night with CSU leading 5-2 through three and a half innings. The Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead, however NIU stormed back with two runs in the third and seven runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Sanchez accounted for five RBIs including a grand slam over the centerfield fence in the top of the fifth. She went 2-for-5 on the day and two runs scored.

Northern Illinois University returns to the diamond Tuesday, Mar. 15 when the Huskies face Drake in Stockton, Calif. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CT.