May 7, 2005
Bearcats Ends Season at MIAA Tournament
SHAWNEE, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State softball team got knocked out of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Tournament yesterday by dropping Game 3 to Pittsburg State 3-2. Northwest started the day with a 6-0 loss to #8 Emporia State before coming back for a 3-1 victory over Missouri-Rolla in eight innings at the Mid-America Sports Complex. The loss to PSU marked the end of the 2005 campaign.
Northwest, who held the No. 8 seed in the Tournament, tied the single-season record for wins in a season with a 34-27overall mark.
Against Emporia, Northwest could only muster one hit against hurler Courtney Reed, a Linellis Santiago single to center field in the sixth inning was the lone hit. The defending Tournament champion Lady Hornets posted 12 hits en route to six runs.
The Bearcats responded in the second game by coming back from a 1-0 deficit versus UM-Rolla. After the Lady Miners notched a run in the first, sophomore Jaclyn Brown followed junior Ashley Pride's double with an RBI-gapper to left field in the fourth inning.
The score remained tied until the eighth inning when Northwest put two on the board with two outs. Junior Katy John reached on an infield single, followed by a Santiago walk. Pride connected on a RBI-triple to right field to plate two runs. Northwest freshman pitcher Lauren Lakebrink escaped the eighth inning to move to 5-5 on the year. She came in relief of sophomore Talina Canon in the third inning and allowed a mere two hits, no runs and struck out six.
Pride finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs to push her season record to 48.
Northwest and Pitt State remained scoreless until the Bearcat fourth inning. Sophomore catcher Sarah Johnson walloped a line drive to center field for her fourth dinger of the season, which is second behind Pride's 10. Her drive scored freshman Janelle Krohn to give Northwest a 2-0 edge.
PSU countered with three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish.
Lakebrink was hit with the loss going 4.2 innings in the start. She allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out two. Pride and sophomore Tami Phillips went 2-for-4 in the contest.
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