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Lady Demons softball team pitching blanks Lady Bears
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Shenequia Abby lays down a bunt against Central Arkansas Sunday evening at home. The Lady Demons took two games against the Lady Bears.
Shenequia Abby lays down a bunt against Central Arkansas Sunday evening at home. The Lady Demons took two games against the Lady Bears.
Kylie Roos and Brooke Boening combined on a four-hit shutout while Shenequia Abby singled to lead off the sixth and scored the game-winning run on the second base hit of the day by Brianna Rodriguez, giving Northwestern State a 1-0 victory Sunday and the series triumph over Central Arkansas in Southland Conference softball.

The Lady Demons (28-9 overall, 9-5 in the Southland) won Saturday's opening game 1-0 in nine innings, and recovered from an 8-4 loss in the second game to UCA (24-14, 7-6). The outcome moved NSU into sole possession of second in the league standings, trailing only McNeese (10-3 in Southland games) and just ahead of Sam Houston State and Lamar (both 9-6).

"This is a big series win," said Lady Demon coach Donald Pickett. "We competed really well once again in a tight, well-pitched game and executed when Shenequia's leadoff single gave us the opportunity. Brooke battled hard and Kylie picked up where she left off Saturday."

Abby lashed a one-hopper into left-centerfield on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth. Tara McKenney perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt to move Abby into scoring position, and one out later, Rodriguez cracked a 1-2 pitch sharply into centerfield to chase Abby home.

Boening was touched up by doubles in the first two innings, but avoided damage each time. In the second inning, Tiffany Roby led off with a two-bagger and moved to third on a fly ball for the second out, but Boening notched her second strikeout of the inning to escape the threat.

Roos came on with one out in the fourth and a runner on first. Although UCA had at least one runner on in the final four frames, the Sugar Bears never touched third base again. Roos (10-2) and Boening each fanned three, walked one and allowed two hits while combining to strand eight Sugar Bears.

Roos allowed just three hits in the complete-game win Saturday, with only one getting out of the infield.

UCA's Kelsie Armstrong (17-9) went the distance for the third straight game and held NSU to one hit, a Rodriguez single with one out in the fourth, until the decisive sixth. After striking out 20 in 16 innings Saturday, she notched only two Sunday.

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