Wichita, Kansas — The Northwestern College softball team won a pair of games on the first day of the Friends Invite played at the Two Rivers Youth Complex in Wichita, Kan. Northwestern earned a 5-4 win over Tabor (Kan.) in game one and cruised to a 10-2, five-inning win against Saint Mary (Kan.) in the second game.
Head Coach Shane Bouman’s squad was won three straight and moves to 11-5 on the year.
Kamryn Etherington excelled in the circle, pitching the Raiders to wins in both games, as she recorded the final two outs against Tabor and followed with a complete-game win against Saint Mary. The freshman improved to 7-1 on the year.
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Jessica Mouw led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jennifer Boeve and scored off a walkoff single from Erika McKenney.
Northwestern totaled 10 hits against the Jays, two each from Mouw, Boeve and McKenney; the trio combined for three runs and three RBI as well.
Tabor held a 4-0 lead until the Raiders came back with their first two runs in the bottom of the third. Four consecutive singles by Madysn Grotewold, Emily Bosch, Mouw and Boeve, along with a sacrifice fly by McKenney led to the runs.
Northwestern tied the game with two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Bri Giordano and sacrifice fly by Jordyn Kramer.
Sydnee Isom started the game in the circle and was charged with four runs in 2.2 innings. Samantha Ubben no-hit the Jays over the next 3.2 innings before giving way to Etherington to get the final two outs.
Jacqueline Garcia led the Tabor offense with two hits, including a home run.
In its game two win against Saint Mary, Northwestern totaled nine hits and pushed five runs across in the top of the first inning. Bosch led off with a home run, Giordano smacked a two-run double and Emily Strasser hit an RBI double.
Saint Mary scored their only runs in the bottom of the first; the Raiders scored two more in the third and finished the game with a three-run fourth inning. Etherington belted a two-run home run in the fourth and the Raiders took advantage of three walks and singles by Mouw and Taylor DeJong in the fourth inning.
Etherington limited Saint Mary to four hits and struck out six over five innings.