Softball

Northwestern @ Dordt 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, Sioux Center, IA

Past games

Apr082013
@ Northwestern
Apr082013
@ Northwestern
Apr102012
@ Dordt
Apr102012
@ Dordt
Apr202011
@ Dordt
Apr202011
@ Dordt
Apr202010
@ Dordt
Apr202010
@ Dordt
Apr072009
@ Northwestern
Apr072009
@ Northwestern
Sep112008
@ Northwestern
Sep112008
@ Northwestern
Apr152008
@ Dordt
Apr152008
@ Dordt
Apr232007
@ Northwestern
Apr232007
@ Northwestern
Sep302006
@ Dordt
May022006
@ Northwestern
May022006
@ Northwestern
Sep242005
@ Northwestern

About DOR

Located in Sioux Center, IA, Dordt College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders To Play Dordt

Game Time...Northwestern College continues its softball season on Tuesday as they play Dordt College in a GPAC doubleheader. First pitch of game one in Sioux Center is scheduled for 5pm. Northwestern is 5-4 in conference play, 18-14 overall while Dordt is 2-6 in league play, 6-20 overall. Listen to the games via the Dordt College webcast at the following link: Listen Now!

All-Time...Northwestern has won five straight games against Dordt, defeating the Defenders 11-2 and 12-0, both in five innings last year. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 56-24.

Scouting Report on the Defenders...Dordt has lost two straight heading into Tuesday, dropping a doubleheader to Doane last weekend, 11-3 and 9-8. The Defenders are 2-6 in the GPAC, 6-20 overall, owning wins over Mount Marty in league play. 

Jeff Zomer is in his fifth season as the Defenders' head coach and returns three positional starters and one starting pitcher from a 2013 squad that finished 11th in the GPAC with a 2-18 record, 6-33 overall. They were picked 10th in the GPAC preseason poll. 

Dordt is scoring 3.8 runs per game and averages 7.3 hits per game, ranking 10th in the GPAC in both. The Defenders are hitting .278 as a team, led by Ashton Beaird with a .367 average. Beaird is second in the GPAC with six home runs and is second on the team with 18 RBIs. She has a second team all-league pick in 2012. Erica White is hitting .357 and leads the GPAC with 12 doubles. She is third in the GPAC in RBIs (27). Michal Hoogland (.308) and Sidney Larsen (.304) are the other top hitters for the Defenders. 

The Defenders' pitching staff is giving up nearly nine hits and seven runs per game, ranking 10th in the GPAC. They sport a 4.77 team ERA and are led by Samantha Dunn with a 2-2 record and 2.63 ERA. Sidney Larsen, a returning starter, is 4-10 with a 4.39 ERA. 

Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern snapped a three-game skid with a 3-0 win over Hastings in game two of a conference doubleheader on Saturday. The Red Raiders lost game one 1-0 in a pitcher's dual and lost to Morningside and Concordia prior to that. Northwestern is 5-4 in league play, 18-14 overall. 

Northwestern ranks seventh in the conference in runs scored (4.3) and is hitting .284 as a team. They average 7.6 hits per game and are led by sophomore Clare Ipema with a .418 batting average. Ipema has hit safely in her last three games and leads the GPAC with 41 hits. Laura Hurley is hitting .357 and leads the GPAC with 31 RBIs while being tied for the team-lead with Morgan Means with four home runs. Alex Price, a  two-time all-conference selection, is hitting .320 with a home run and 24 RBIs.

The Red Raiders sport the best team ERA (2.26) in the GPAC, giving up just 3.1 runs per game. They lead the conference in least walks allowed (64) and are sixth in strikeouts (143). Katie VandeVoort leads the staff with a 7-3 record and 1.85 ERA. The senior, a two-time all-GPAC selection, has won five of her last six starts and has 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched. Keely Bracelin is 6-6 with a 1.87 ERA, ranking ninth in the league with 63 strikeouts. 

Up Next...Northwestern will host Morningside in one make-up game on Thursday, April 10 (make-up of the April 3 second game of the D.H.) and will then play both Doane and Midland this weekend. 

Laura Hurley

# 20 | Third Base
Junior from Canton, S.D.

Clare Ipema

# 4 | Outfielder
Junior from Merrillville, Ind.

Morgan Means

# 13 | Pitcher/First Base
Sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa