Aragon continues to rewrite the record books at Viking Split with Elmhurst
ELMHURST, Ill. – The North Park softball team won one and lost one in a doubleheader with Elmhurst University on Tuesday night as they followed the opening 5-0 loss with a victory 6-4 in the second game. An RBI single from Alyssa Aragon in the first inning of Game 2 allowed him to surpass Jessica Mena’s 2007 record of 39 RBI in a season. Shortly after, a two-run single from Aragon gave NPU the advantage they wouldn’t give up either, leaving Aragon past former teammate Hayley Jackson (2017-20) for the second-most school history RBIs.
Game 1 saw the Vikings fall victim to a pitching gem from Elmhurst ace Sydni Gizynski. isa santos had a two-hit game for North Park, while Rachel Feazelle was the only other NPU player to land a hit in the contest. Feazelle suffered the loss for North Park, striking out six.
Final: Elmhurst 5, North Park 0
Aragon immediately broke the tie with Mena in the second game when she scored Caitlyn Webb on an RBI single in the first. Santos then made it 2-0 when Alyssa Malicki tagged the speedster on a sack fly, then Aragon was brought down to home plate due to a Feazelle single. That run scored meant Aragon was now tied with Paige Massa for third all-time career scored at 98.
The Bluejays rallied for four runs in the fourth to take a lead by one, but it was a big sixth and a hit from the Alyssas that put the game on ice for the visiting Vikings. After Maddy Tan walked, Webb reached an error on a sack bunt attempt, and Santos Walked, Aragon stepped up to deliver a clutch single that tagged Tan and Webb and put North Park up one. Malicki gave NPU some much-needed reassurance as a follow-up when she picked the midfielder to score Santos and make it 6-4.
Malicki was solid in the circle for North Park as well, picking up the win, going all seven innings and allowing just one earned run. She also had five strikeouts for a single walk.
Final: North Park 6, Elmhurst 4
The Vikings (13-17, 5-9 CCIW) end their season tomorrow with a doubleheader against Illinois Wesleyan (19-12, 7-3 CCIW). These road games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.