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The Eastern Kentucky University softball team stretched its winning streak to five games by sweeping a doubleheader from Northern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon at Gertrude Hood Field.
The Colonels won by scores of 8-0 in six innings and 3-2.
With the two victories, EKU (31-17) has reached the 30-win mark for the first time in seven years.
Game two ended in dramatic fashion as all five runs were scored in the last inning. Northern Kentucky (11-35) struck first when Michelle Carson led off the seventh with a home run. Dee Dee Davis then added a two-out RBI double to put the Norse ahead, 2-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, junior Christina Ciolek started the rally with a double off the left field wall. Sophomore Lauren Mitchell followed with an RBI single up the middle.
Later in the inning, freshman Kayla Joyce came to bat with two outs and runners on first and second. Facing a 1-2 count, Joyce doubled to the gap in left center. Junior Nicole Heitz easily scored, but a play at the plate would determine the outcome of the game.
The relay throw beat senior Melissa Costa to the plate. However, Costa forced the ball out of the catcher’s glove to cap the comeback.
Sophomore pitcher Shaylon Robb (9-8) went the distance and struck out nine NKU batters.
In game one, sophomore pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger (18-8) tossed her sixth complete-game shutout of the season in the 8-0 win. The Colonels scored a run in five of six innings to put away the Norse.
Freshman Sarah Fobbs gave Pittsenbarger all the run support she would need with a two-out RBI single in the first inning.
Joyce added a two-run double to left center in the following inning, while sophomore Katie Tackett ripped her team leading 12th home run, a solo shot, in the third.
Fobbs, Joyce and Tackett all finished with two RBIs in the opener.
This was the first meeting between the two schools in Richmond since 1993.
EKU returns to OVC action this weekend with a three-game series at Jacksonville State.