RiverHawks round out Feb. 2-4 weekend, prepare for weekend ahead
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RiverHawks round out Feb. 2-4 weekend, prepare for weekend ahead

Published 2/8/18

Jesse Crittenden

TNE Sports Writer

RiverHawks softball goes 3-1 at Ronnie Hawkins Invitational

The RiverHawks softball team started off their season on a high note last weekend, as they defeated Missouri S&T 3-2, Ouachita Baptist 8-3 and Christian Brothers 5-3. Their only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Southern Arkansas, 9-1.

Clay Davis, NSU softball head coach, was proud of the way his team played to start the season.

“I was pleased with how we played,” said Davis. “Our young pitchers had a lot of success. We got timely hits when we needed them and played outstanding defense. As much as we still have to go, we feel really good about where we’re at.”

Gail Young, freshman pitcher from Tulsa, earned the wins against Missouri S&T and Ouachita Baptist. Sydney Balderama, freshman pitcher from Tyler, Texas, earned the victory against Southern Arkansas.

The RiverHawks softball team will continue their season at the Edmond Regional Festival on Feb. 8-9. They will open the festival against Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at 2 p.m.

NSU tennis goes 1-1 on opening weekend

The RiverHawks Tennis team split their opening two matches of the season, suffering a 6-3 defeat against St. Mary’s before bouncing back to defeat Texas A&M – Kingsville, 8-1.

The doubles groups led the way for the RiverHawks, as the No. 1 doubles team of Tatjana Stoll, sophomore from Heidelberg, Germany, and Molly Worden, senior from Fishbourne, won an 8-4 decision. 

“I thought we performed well,” said Jon Parker, NSU tennis head coach. “The first match didn’t go how we wanted, but we were able to bounce back in the second match.”

The RiverHawks return to action at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Missouri State in Springfield. Their first home contest will be against Southeastern Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

Women’s basketball team drops two road contests

After defeating Southwest Baptist at home earlier in the season, the women’s basketball team was unable to beat them the second time around, as they travelled to Southwest Baptist and could not pull out a victory, losing 80-74.

The RiverHawks were unable to bounce back in the second game of their road trip, as they lost to Central Missouri, 69-53.

“We didn’t play how we wanted to,” said Fala Bullock, NSU women’s basketball head coach. “We know we need to finish the season strong. We’re hoping we can bounce back with our home games this week.”

Lauryn Blevins, redshirt freshman from Claremore, led the RiverHawks in scoring against Southwest Baptist, finishing with 26 points as she made all 12 of her field goal attempts. Rachel Woods, graduate student from Raleigh, N.C., led the RiverHawks against Central Missouri with 14 points.

The RiverHawks will look to bounce back in their home contests this week. They will play Fort Hays at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Nebraska-Kearney at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Both contests will be at the NSU Event Center.

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