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Lady Demons set to conclude Easter series against Incarnate Word
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Coming off a Southland Conference series win at Central Arkansas and garnering the league’s and Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Hitter of the Week, Brianna Rodriguez, the Northwestern State softball team hosts league newcomer Incarnate Word in a three-game series concluding today at the Lady Demon Diamond.

Easter egg hunts will be held prior to Saturday’s baseball and softball games.

Rodriguez, a senior first baseman, led the Lady Demons (19-18 overall, 8-8 SLC) at the plate last week with an 8-for-11 performance to register a .727 average.

She cranked out 1-of-7 homers recorded by NSU over the weekend, hitting safely in all three contests to pick up five RBI.

The Cardinals (18-24, 4-8) enter after claiming a pair of wins in a doubleheader sweep of Prairie View A&M April 16. UIW has won just one Southland Conference series, over fellow league newcomer Abilene Christian, in the opening weekend of conference play.

Leadoff Tara McKenney steers the NSU offense with a .355 average and a team-high 43 hits, including seven doubles and one triple.

Brittany Virgoe registers next with a .347 average and 41 hits that include six homers and a team-high eight doubles.

Senior Kaylee Guidry (7-3) threw her fifth complete game of the season against UCA, tying her season-high of five strikeouts.

The Walker native has thrown 60.1 innings from the rubber, allowing 59 hits and 31 runs, 29 of them earned.

Freshman Shelby Sells (5-7) has seen the most time in the circle, hauling 79 complete innings while giving up 86 hits and 56 runs, 45 of them earned, and striking out 66.

Mikaela Flores’ .403 average leads the Cardinals, followed by Brooke DuBois and Kellen Robles with .371 and .368 marks, respectively.

Robles registers a team-high 35 hits and shares the lead for doubles (six) with DuBois.

From the circle, Flores (5-1) boasts the only winning record, but sits second with a 4.88 ERA behind Kristin Hebert (6-7), who claims a 4.13 ERA.

Hebert has given up 124 hits and 61 runs, 50 of them earned, in 84.2 innings, while Flores has held opponents to 85 hits and 56 runs, 40 of them earned, in 57.1 innings.

Today’s game is slated for 1 p.m., followed by a single game versus Louisiana Tech April 23, where the Lady Demons will host a breast cancer awareness fundraiser starting at 6 p.m.
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