The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped their final two games of the DeMarini Invitational Sunday falling to Boise and No. 12 Missouri.
The Huskies (7-9) fell, 4-3 to Boise State (15-10) in the first game and dropped an 8-0 decision to Missouri (16-3) in their final game of the tournament.
After falling behind 1-0, after a Boise State run in the top of the second, NIU came back to take a 2-1 lead after an RBI double by Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) and a RBI single by Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa). Unfortunately for the Huskies, the rains came and delayed the game just before the beginning of the top of the fourth.
When play resumed, Boise State took a 3-2 lead with two runs. Northern Illinois tied the game at 3-3 on a Miller home run to center field. The Broncos retook the lead in the top of the seventh on a RBI groundout.
Miller and Tofft led the Huskie offense with both going 2-for-4. Miller had two RBIs and a run scored, while Tofft had an RBI and a run scored. Jessica Strum (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) and Megan Dortch (Reno, Nev./Bishop Manogue) combined to allow four runs, two earned, on four hits and a base on balls.
“It was a well-fought game,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. “Boise State got two runs right out of the rain delay and late in the game we had some mental miscues on defense which cost us the game.
“Jess Strum did a good job as a starter and Megan did a good job coming on in relief. Just those mental miscues are really hard to overcome.”
Game two of the day was all Missouri.
The Tigers outhit the Huskies 11-3 en route to an 8-0 shutout victory in five innings. UM took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. A six-run fifth by Mizzou gave the Tigers the eight-run lead it needed to win the game in five innings.
NIU returns to the diamond Tuesday when the Huskies begin their trip to Florida with a doubleheader in Ft. Myers. NIU plays Canisius at 1:30 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m.
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