The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 10-2 loss to the host Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions to close out play at the 2012 Lion Softball Classic Sunday.
“It just wasn’t a good day for us today,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. “We did not do well in any facet today.”
The Huskies (3-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after an RBI single by Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) drove in Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins). However, Southeastern Louisiana to a three-run with three runs in the third and another in the fourth.
NIU cut the deficit in half with a one-out RBI single by Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) to score Tofft. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Huskies would get. After holding the Lady Lions scoreless in the fifth, SELU erupted with a six-run sixth to take a 10-2 lead and the victory.
Gremillion led the way for the Huskie offense, going 3-for-3 from the plate with a run scored, while Tofft was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Barnett accounted for the final NIU hit, with a 1-for-2 day at the plate with an RBI and base on balls.
Northern Illinois returns to the diamond next weekend when the Huskies travel to Denton, Texas to compete in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic hosted by North Texas. NIU opens the tournament against Creighton with first pitch set for 10 a.m.
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