Senior Nicole Steinbach pitched 157.1 innings this season, more than the rest of the Ball State softball pitching staff combined.
Softball looks to improve against Northern Illinois
Ball State softball (18-22, 4-7 MAC) had an extra practice this week to prepare for its game April 13 against Northern Illinois (26-11, 7-3 MAC).
Head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett said she wants to see improvements after six errors led to seven unearned runs in last weekend’s series against Buffalo.
Wednesday, April 13: vs Northern Illinois 2 p.m.
Friday, April 15: at Eastern Michigan 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 16: at Eastern Michigan 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20: at Indiana 6 p.m.
“At this point in the season, [the errors] are unacceptable, and it’s not what we expect from Ball State softball players,” Bartlett said.
In their last two meetings during a doubleheader on April 5, the Huskies beat the Cardinals 10-0 and 5-4. Bartlett said the team will be looking for revenge.
“Northern Illinois is a really good team,” she said. “The girls should definitely come into the game with a chip on their shoulder.”
The Huskies lead the MAC with a .305 team batting average, 43 home runs and 233 runs scored in 37 games. They are led by senior catcher Emily Naegele, who is first in the MAC with 16 home runs, 47 RBI and a .427 batting average (min. 50 AB). She is also second in the conference with 35 runs scored.
For the Cardinals, senior pitcher Nicole Steinbach is fifth in the MAC with 104 strikeouts and leads the team with a 3.29 ERA. She said Ball State players need to give it their all.
“We need to make sure we hold our chests up high and try to dominate them,” Steinbach said.
First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 13 at the Softball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.