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NSU softball team must sweep Sam Houston to win conference
May 04, 2013 | 186 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Northwestern State softball team hosts Southland Conference foe Sam Houston State in the regular season series finale beginning on Saturday at one o’clock at the Lady Demon Diamond.

All three games will be broadcasted on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 KZBL FM in Natchitoches.

The Lady Demons (35-11 overall, 16-6 Southland) currently hold possession of second place in league standings, while the Bearkats (31-20 overall, 16-8 SLC) sit just one game behind in third place.

NSU will secure second place in the Southland Conference tournament with just one win over Sam Houston.

Last weekend, the Lady Demons split a pair of games with Southeastern Louisiana, dropping game one 3-2 and later fought back for the 4-1 victory in the second game of the twinbill. The Bearkats picked up their fifth series win in a row, sixth of the season, with two wins over SLC league leader McNeese State.

Two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week Kylie Roos (13-3) leads the NSU pitching staff with 121 strikeouts in 120.0 innings. The Celina, Texas, product boasts a 1.23 ERA as she leads the Southland and ranks 12th nationally.

For the Lady Demons, Brianna Rodriguez leads from the plate, averaging .384, followed by Tara McKenney with a .375 average.

Rodriguez leads in doubles (16) and RBI (41). Her 16 doubles tie for first in the league with Central Arkansas’ Melissa Bryant, while her 41 RBIs are also tied with Bryant for third. Rodriguez also ranks 16th nationally in doubles per game (.35).

McKenney leads the Lady Demons with 60 hits and six triples. Her triples stance ranks second in the SLC, eighth nationally.

All tournament games will be streamed through the Southland Conference Digital Network, and the championship game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

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