Lady Demons sweep Houston Baptist with 6-1 win

Lady Demons sweep Houston Baptist

[Information provided by: NSU Athletics]

Senior pitcher Kylie Roos threw her second complete game of the weekend as the Northwestern State softball team picked up the Southland Conference series sweep over Houston Baptist with a 6-1 triumph Sunday afternoon at the Lady Demon Diamond.

With the win, the Lady Demons improve to 34-10 overall, 15-5 in the Southland as the Huskies fall to 13-22, 6-15 in the league.

Winners of six series in a row and consecutive sweeps, NSU sits in second place in the conference standings.

The Lady Demons found themselves tied at one heading into the third inning, only to have Shenequia Abby, Tara McKenney and Brittany load up the bases to bring up Brianna Rodriguez with no outs.

Rodriguez singled to first base and drove in Abby. The Lady Demons picked up another run off an error by catcher Melissa Herman before bringing up Cassandra Barefield.

Barefield sent a SAC fly to center field and picked up the RBI as Virgoe and McKenney were sent home. 

Freshman Natalie Landry kept the momentum going as she sent a two-run shot over the center field wall to put HBU at a distance in the bottom of the fourth. The homer marked her sixth of the season.

The Huskies broke the game open early in the first with a homer by SLC RBI leader Kirsten Schwirtlich, only to have NSU answer back.

Rodriguez picked up her 16th double of the season with a shot to right center and was driven in by Barefield.

With the double, Rodriguez ties Margaret Patterson and Misty Carraway's NSU individual season records set in 2006 and 1994, respectively.

Roos struck out five of 26 batters faced and allowed seven hits on the day.

Rodriguez led from the plate, going two-for-three and picking up one RBI, followed by Landry and Barefield posting one-for-three stints and two RBI each.

"It feels really good for our kids to come out here and play a competitive team like Houston Baptist," said head coach Donald Pickett. "We had a lot of momentum today, which is big in this sport, so using that to our full potential has won us some big games this season."

The Lady Demons hit the road on Saturday for a three-game series at Southeastern Louisiana beginning at three o'clock, followed by a trip to No. 9 LSU on April 30. NSU returns home on May 4 for its final regular season series when it hosts Sam Houston State at 1:00.