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Softball rallies for victory over Pacific

March 16, 2011

NIU softballThe Northern Illinois University softball team rallied to post a 10-6 victory over Pacific in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday evening at Pacific’s Bill Simoni Field in Stockton, Calif.

Trailing 6-4 in the top of the sixth, the Huskies (8-9) scored six runs on four hits and three Tiger errors to take a 10-4 lead. With runners at second and third with one out, Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) began the NIU comeback with an RBI single to right field. Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) and Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) each drove in a run to give Northern Illinois a 7-6 advantage.

Alexandra Wulbecker (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) extended the lead to three with a two-run double down the left field line. Wulbecker scored the final run of the game when Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) reached on an error by the second baseman, allowing Wulbecker to score from second.

The game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to rain and the Huskies left Pacific with the victory. Northern Illinois dropped its first game of the doubleheader, 7-2, to Drake earlier in the day.

Colosimo and Wulbecker led the way for the NIU offense each going 2-for-3. Wulbecker drove in three runs and scored, while Colosimo totaled two RBIs and three runs scored. Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) picked up the victory improving to 4-5 pitching the final two innings, allowing just a hit.

“Alex [Wulbecker] and Andi [Colosimo] did a really great job offensively for us,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. “They set the table and hit in runs.”

Northern Illinois returns to the diamond at 3 p.m. Thursday when the Huskies travel to Sacramento State for a single game.

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