March 19, 2006
Northwest Moves to 4-0 at Rebel Games
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Northwest Missouri State (11-6) softball moved to 4-0 on its spring break trip as it defeated No. 16 Caldwell (N.J.) 5-0 and Rollins (Fla.) 1-0 today at the Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
All the scoring took place in the sixth inning against Caldwell, as the loss drops the Cougars to 0-4 on the year. Junior Lindsay Stephenson led off the frame with her team-leading fifth double of the season. She scored on an error by the first baseman to start the scoring. Junior Linellis Santiago, the seventh batter of the inning, blew the game open with a two-out double that cleared the bases.
Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. She retired the first 11 Cougar batters she faced before allowing her only walk in the fourth. CC's Katie Jackson, a three-time all-region performer, singled sharply to left with one out in the seventh for the lone Cougar hit. Lakebrink moves to 3-2 on the year, including 2-0 on the Spring trip, and struck out four in the complete game win.
Seniors Ashley Pride and Katy John, along with Santiago, each posted two hits in the win.
Sophomore Kelly Morris continued the strong pitching for Northwest against the Tars of Rollins. She out-dueled freshman Nicole Anderson on the hill to move to 4-3 on the year and drop her team-best ERA to 1.94.
Rollins, who falls to 28-5 overall, had a few scoring chances early. Rollins put two runners on in both the first and fifth innings but was shut down by Morris, who picked up her third shutout of the year.
The Northwest bats were stymied at the start, going down in order four times in the first five innings. However, with two outs in the top of the seventh, sophomore Janelle Krohn doubled down the right field line to start the rally. Krohn came home on an error by the shortstop as Kelly Cruz was unable to field a ground ball off the bat of junior Sarah Johnson.
Morris set down the Rollins' batters in order in the seventh to dispel any comeback efforts. The junior college transfer allowed five hits, four of them singles. She struck out one and walked one.
Krohn went for her third multiple-hit game of the season with a 2-for-3 effort. Northwest was out-hit 4-to-5 but went flawless in the field.
Northwest takes Monday off before taking on Southern New Hampshire at 7:50 a.m. CST and Eckerd (Fla.) at 11:30 a.m. CST on Tuesday morning at the Rebel Spring Games. You can listen to both games live on the internet by going to www.NorthwestBearcats.com, clicking on softball and webcasts.
NOTES: Northwest is riding a five-game winning streak - the longest since the middle of the 2004 season … The Bearcats move to 3-0 against teams from the state of Massachusetts … Senior Katy John adds to her career stolen base record as she stands with 52 after one today.
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