RiverHawks win in walk off fashion to split Friday

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NSU Sports
Don Vieth, Director of Athletics Communications

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Northeastern State rallied from a two run deficit with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Northern State 3-2 on a Carlee Gann single.  The win over the Wolves salvaged a split in St. Joseph, Mo. with the RiverHawks falling in the morning 8-1 to Minnesota State.

In the nightcap, against Northern State (13-7) the RiverHawks had only one hit and were spoiling a solid start by Jennifer Wolf who had only given up a pair of runs, while striking out eight batters after seven innings.

Sierra Crick led the final frame off with a single, and ending a streak of 15 straight outs by the RiverHawks.  Paige Gann followed up with a triple down the right field line to plate Crick.  After a NSU out, Ryan Martin hit an infield single to tie the game at two.  Martin later stole second to put her into scoring possession for Carlee Gann who hit a single to left field for the game winning RBI.

Wolf (3-3) picked up her second win in a row for NSU, with only one extra base hit made by Northern State.

Earlier in the day, Minnesota State (18-3) jumped ahead of the RiverHawks in the second with a two run homer and then a bases clearing double to go up 5-0.   In the third, Northeastern hit four straight singles with Paige Gann scoring in what would be their lone run of the game with no outs; the RiverHawks with the bases loaded struck out twice and they filed out to end the threat.

The RiverHawks had one hit the rest of the way and they would strike out 15 times against MSU’s Coley Riles.

Sylver Collins (6-4) recorded the first five outs in the circle and gave up four earned runs for the loss. Taryn Gray and Mollie Carter also saw time out of the bullpen for NSU.

Northeastern State had six hits with Kelsey Harmon and Paige Gann both having a two-hit game.

The RiverHawks (12-13) will play two more on Saturday with a 10 a.m. first pitch against St Cloud State and a 4 p.m. nightcap vs. Winona State.