CHATTANOOGA — The Northwestern State softball team split for the second day in Chattanooga’s Frost Classic, coming back to beat Western Michigan 7-5 and falling to Saint Louis 20-7.
The Lady Demons (7-7-1) will finish the tournament Sunday against UT Martin.
NSU 7, Western Michigan 5
NSU used some small ball to grab the lead against Western Michigan (5-5) and one big swing to put the Broncos away as part of a six-run, fifth inning.
Trailing 3-1, the Lady Demons strung together four singles to score a run and plated two more on a wild pitch to lead 4-3.
Sophomore Kaylee Isenburg clubbed a three-run home run to vault NSU’s lead to 7-3, providing enough cushion against a Broncos squad who made a seventh-inning charge.
Isenburg has hit two career home runs, the first a grand slam against McNeese in a 2016 win.
Earlier in the inning, senior Brittney Jones contributed a bases-loaded single to score Adele Vincent (singled) with singles by Elise Vincent and Kellye Kincannon squeezed in between.
Elise Vincent and Kincannon scored on a wild pitch by Jordan Kurth, who allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
NSU freshman Hayley Barbazon (2-0) picked up her second win in relief by holding off a late Western Michigan charge.
Barbazon, who allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings, retired the six of the seven batters she faced in the fifth and sixth innings.
But Western Michigan’s Kaylen Glenfield hit a solo home run before WMU scored on NSU’s third error of the game to cut the lead to 7-5. But Barbazon recorded her third strikeout to end the game with a runner on second base to end the game.
Sophomore pitcher Katelyn Boles shrugged off a slow start to pitch four innings.
With two outs in the first inning, WMU’s Erin Binkowski hit a two-run home run before Boles could end the inning with her third strikeout.
The Broncos added a run in the second inning with an Ivy Schaaf single to score Marlee Wilson, who reached on an error, to lead 3-0.
Boles worked around an error to pitch an incident-free last two innings, finishing with three runs on three hits and tying a career-high with four strikeouts.
NSU started its comeback in the third inning with a Kellye Kincannon RBI single, scoring Hailee Rhodes to cut WMU’s record to 3-1. Rhodes made the start at shortstop for an injured Toni Hebert, who collided with a base runner sliding into second base.
Saint Louis 20, NSU 7 (6)
Four Northwestern State pitchers combined to allow a program-record 20 runs in Saturday evening’s loss in six innings.
The Billikens (5-4) produced 15 hits and had 10 more base runners (eight walks, two errors) on the night.
The score was tied 4-4 after the first inning thanks in part to a three-run Brittney Jones home run. Jones hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to tie a career-high five RBIs, but SLU still led 13-6.
As a pitcher, Jones allowed 10 runs in the final two innings to break open a game that 10-4 after four innings.
Pitchers Micaela Bouvier (0-1), Hayley Barbazon and Katelyn Boles combined to allow 10 runs in four innings.