March 7, 2006
Home Opener Goes For a Northwest SweepMARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State swept its softball home opener this afternoon with 9-0 and 9-1 wins over visiting Northern (S.D.) State at Bearcat Field. Senior Katy John picked up three stolen bases in the wins, which moved her into first place on the Northwest career list with 48.
Northwest improves to 6-3 on the season while Northern fell to 0-2.
Northwest plated the day's first run in the fourth inning before the hosts broke the game open and ended it in the fifth. John, who reached on a bunt single in the third to snap a streak of 15 straight plate appearances without a hit, led off the fifth with a single. Six hits later, John stepped to the plate and smacked her second career home run, a three-run dinger, over the right field fence and Northwest snapped its three-game losing skid.
John finished Game 1 with two runs scored, three RBIs on a 3-for-4 effort. Juniors Sarah Johnson and Linellis Santiago each collected two hits. Sophomore Kelly Morris moved to 3-1 on the mound going five innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.
In the second game, after single runs in the first two innings, Northwest put up five in the fourth inning to break open the contest. Sophomore Janelle Krohn notched a single, which drove in two Bearcats, to lead the hit parade in that inning.
Northern got its first run, unearned, in the fifth to break the shutout. Johnson connected for her fifth hit of the doubleheader in the sixth frame, which drove in sophomore Amy Farrow, and the Bearcats improve to 3-0 all-time against Northern State.
Johnson had a career game by going 3-for-4. Santiago went 3-for-3 for her first career three-hit game. Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink picked up win No. 1 on the year going 4.1 innings, striking out one batter, and giving up eight hits.
The Bearcats begin MIAA play as No. 12 Emporia State comes to Maryville on Friday, March 10. First pitch from Bearcat Field is 2:30 p.m.
NOTES: Senior Katy John passed Kendra Smith's (1997-2000) career mark of 47 ... Junior Lindsay Stephenson extended her hitting streak to seven games - the longest among active players … Northwest has now won four straight home openers after the lid-lifter today.
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