April 6th, 2015

Nitzken's Knights, Foley's Greyhounds split series

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Nitzken's Knights, Foley's Greyhounds split series
photo by Adam Pruiett

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In a doubleheader that saw two streaks end, the Bellarmine Knights and the No. 11 Indianapolis Greyhounds had to settle for a split  in Great Lakes Valley Conference softball action at Baumgartner Field on Sunday afternoon.

Game one was a classic pitchers' duel until the Greyhounds finally got to Bellarmine pitcher Ally Foster with six runs in the final two innings to post a 6-0 victory.  The Indianapolis offensive outburst, snapped Foster's impressive streak of 74 straight scoreless innings, dating back to March 3.

In the nightcap, it was Bellarmine doing the streak-breaking, ending UIndy's consecutive wins streak at 11 with a 5-2 victory.

Because the games were originally scheduled to be played in Louisville and were moved due to unplayable field conditions, the Knights were the home team on the scoreboard.

In game one, UIndy's Taylor Russell came through in a big way, first getting the game's first RBI with a double in the top of the sixth then clearing the bases with a grand slam an inning later.   

The Knights managed just two hits off UIndy hurler Megan Foley as the Louisville native tossed the shutout against her hometown team despite giving up six walks as BU stranded nine baserunners.

In the nightcap, Bellarmine got on the board first with a pair runs in the bottom of the second.  Foster led off by drawing a walk then was followed by a bunt single from Marlee Tevis.  After Lillie Nitzken sacrificed them over to scoring position, freshman Katie Stamper delivered with a single up the middle to drive in both runners.

The Knights extended their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of fifth as Nitzken's single drove in Rachel Fox and Hannah Daunhauer.

Meanwhile, Bellarmine senior pitcher Alicia Miller was a throwing a gem, allowing just two baserunners over the first five innings.

The Greyhounds finally strung together three hits to score a single run in the top of the sixth, but Miller rebounded to shut down UIndy with just one run crossing the plate, and the Knights got that one run back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a pair of UIndy fielding errors.

Miller recorded two quick outs in the top of the seventh before Cassie Reed hit a pinch hit homer for first collegiate home run.  However, Miller brushed that off and recorded the final out to earn her ninth victory of the year.

The Knights move to 24-10 on the year with a 12-4 GLVC mark.  The Greyhounds are now 27-7 overall, but their second conference loss drops them to second place in the league with a 14-2 record.



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