Northern Kentucky 2, Northwood 0

May 14, 2005

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Krystal Lewallen hurled a three-hit shutout and struck out nine batters Saturday as Northern Kentucky University captured the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region championship with a 2-0 win over Northwood (Mich.).

Lewallen, who improved to 30-0 this season, was named the most valuable player of the Great Lakes Regional after throwing her second straight shutout. In 21 innings during the Great Lakes Regional, Lewallen allowed just one earned run and had 29 strikeouts in the three victories as NKU earned a repeat trip to the NCAA Division II World Series May 19-23 at Salem, Va.

Both NKU runs were unearned on Saturday as Northwood (34-14) committed four errors. Becky Napier and Angie Lindeman each scored runs for NKU, which finished with seven hits.

Lindeman, Megan Owens, Heather Cotner, Stephanie Leimbach and Rachele Vogelpohl each were named to the Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team along with Lewallen. It marked the second straight year that Lewallen was named the most valuable player.

NKU will begin play at the NCAA Division II World Series on Thursday against the Northeast Region champion, either Le Moyne (N.Y.) or C.W. Post. Those two teams will play Sunday for the Northeast Region championship.

 
Box score (NCAA)
                            The Automated ScoreBook
                       #1 Northern Kentucky vs Northwood
                       May 14, 2005 at Highland Hts., Ky.

Northern Kentucky 2 (53-0)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Rothbauer, Ricki 2b......  4  0  0  0   0  0  4  1   0
Leimbach, Stephanie cf...  2  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Lindeman, Angie 1b.......  4  1  1  0   0  1  3  2   4
King, Sarah rf...........  4  0  2  0   0  0  0  1   0
Cotner, Heather dh.......  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
Napier, Becky ss.........  4  1  1  0   0  0  3  1   2
Becker, Sara 3b..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  0   0
Owens, Megan c...........  3  0  0  0   0  0 10  0   1
Vogelpohl, Rachele lf....  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   2
Lewallen, Krystal p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 31  2  7  0   1  3 21  6  10

Northwood 0 (34-14)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Helvey-Hoyt, Jessica lf..  2  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
Olson, Julie cf..........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Dhillon, Amrit 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  1  7  1   0
Thacker, Sam 3b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   1
Echevarria, Reeta ss.....  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  2   0
Hayman, Amanda 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  2  3  2   1
Minikel, Rachel dh.......  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Shepard, Lisa p..........  2  0  0  0   0  2  1  2   0
Neidhamer, Ellie c.......  1  0  0  0   1  1  3  0   0
 Estes, Kristen pr.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jones, Jodie rf..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Totals................... 21  0  3  0   1  9 21  9   3

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Northern Kentucky... 000 110 0 -  2  7  0
Northwood........... 000 000 0 -  0  3  4
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E - R.Echevarria; L. Shepard 2; J. Jones. LOB - NKU 10; NU 3. HBP -
Leimbach. SH - J. Hoyt; J. Olson.

Northern Kentucky      IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Lewallen, Krystal...  7.0  3  0  0  1  9 21 24   -

Northwood              IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Shepard, Lisa.......  7.0  7  2  0  1  3 31 33   -

Win - Lewallen (30-0).  Loss - L. Shepard (24-7).  Save - None.
WP - L. Shepard 2. HBP - by L. Shepard (Leimbach). Pitches/strikes: None.
Umpires - HP: Roger Vargo  1B: John Peterson  3B: Dennis Price
Start: 5:30 pm   Time: 1:20   Attendance: 208
Game notes:
NKU wins the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional.
Game: NCAA10



-- Courtesy Northern Kentucky