Softball Goes 1-1 To Open Season

Hayley D'Avilar hit a home run in Northwood's first at-bat of the season
Hayley D'Avilar hit a home run in Northwood's first at-bat of the season


SCORES:  Northwood Timberwolves 10, Bellarmine Knights 0 (five innings), Trevecca Nazarene Trojans 3, Northwood 2

RECORDS: Northwood 1-1, Bellarmine 6-7, Trevecca Nazarene 4-4

LOCATION: Evansville, Ind. (University of Southern Indiana – Midwest Region Crossover)  

RECAP: Northwood opens their 2017 season with an easy win against Bellarmine before falling late to Trevecca Nazarene Friday afternoon (February 24). 


  • Northwood got their season off to as good a start as possible, as senior outfielder Hayley D'Avilar homered in the first at bat of the season.
  • The Timberwolves extended their lead to 2-0 later in the first inning on an RBI single by Abby Joseph.
  • NU would blow the game open in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs. Meghan Franz and Danielle Bartodziej had RBI hits before Riley Ostapowicz capped the inning with a two-run homer.
  • The Timberwolves then closed the game out with a three-run fifth inning. Sydni Pauley hit a two-run homer, followed by a D'Avilar RBI single.
  • Bellarmine did not get their first hit off NU pitcher Taylor Wright until fifth inning, as the hurler picked up a win in her first start at Northwood.


  • Runs/Hits/Errors Northwood: 10/14/1, Bellarmine: 0/2/3
  • Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 5 Bellarmine: 6
  • Winning Pitcher: Taylor Wright (1-0): 5.0  IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Losing Pitcher: Marlee Tevis (1-2): 3.2 IP, 5 R (3 earned)


  • D'Avilar: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Ostapowicz: 3-4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Bartodziej: 2-2, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Pauley: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI


  • The win came in the first career game for new Northwood head coach Gregg Sauve


  • The game was scoreless into the third inning before Northwood broke through in the top of the frame on an Abby Joseph sac fly.
  • Northwood extended its lead in the fourth inning thanks to Pauley's second home run of the day, going up 2-0.
  • Trevecca did not register their first hit until the fifth inning, but that is when they began their comeback.
  • The Trojans scored one in the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1. Trevecca then scored single runs in the sixth and the seven, both with two outs in the inning, to finish off the comeback win.


  • Runs/Hits/Errors: Northwood: 2/3/2, Trevecca Nazarene: 3/4/0
  • Runners Left on Base: Northwood: 7, Trevecca Nazarene: 8
  • Winning Pitcher:  Savannah Carr: 4 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB
  • Losing Pitcher: Marissa Tiano: 1 IP, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP
  • Save: Max Bain (1)


  • Pauley: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Vanessa Ewing: 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 K, 2 BB


  • The Timberwolves will continue play at the crossover Saturday with a pair of games. Northwood will face host Southern Indiana at Noon before taking on Indianapolis at 2 p.m.