March 21, 2006
Northwest Wins Two More in Florida; Winners of Seven Straight
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Extending its winning streak to seven games, Northwest Missouri State (13-6) softball handled Southern New Hampshire 5-1 before shutting out Eckerd (Fla.) 9-0 in five innings today at the Rebel Spring Games. Freshman Cola Krueger and junior Talina Canon combined for complete game wins allowing a total of six hits and striking out 10.
The Bearcats pushed across two runs in the first inning in Game 1 against Southern New Hampshire. The first six Northwest batters reached safely in the top of the first. Junior Lindsay Stephenson homered, one of three in the game, and staked Northwest to a 1-0 lead. Junior Sarah Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame, which scored senior Ashley Pride.
Junior Linellis Santiago collected her second roundtripper of the year leading off the second. Pride, who was stuck with the flu and reserved to designated player for the better part of both games, banged a two-run home run in the second inning and her blast handed Northwest a 5-0 edge. Pride's homer was the 25th of her career, setting the school record in a career.
Krueger, who twirled a no-hitter in her collegiate debut on Feb. 24, sat down nine straight SNHU batters to start the game. Lead-off hitter Nikki Cote tripled to break up the no-hitter in the fourth. Felicia Brum scored the only run for the Penmen (0-5), an unearned notch in the seventh, after she reached on a triple.
Krueger scattered two hits and struck out five to move to 3-0 on the year. Pride was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while senior Katy John went 2-for-3 and sophomore Janelle Krohn finished 2-for-4.
Northwest poured it on early taking a 7-0 lead after two innings against Eckerd (8-21). Similar to the early game, Northwest put their first five runners on base as three of them scored. Three straight singles did the damage for Northwest. Pride took over the team RBI-lead (17) with a three-run line-drive home run to left in the bottom of the second inning.
Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink, pinch-hitting for Pride in the fourth, sent the second pitch she saw over the fence for her second dinger of the season. Northwest tacked on one more run on a RBI-single from sophomore Crystal Gustin.
Four Bearcats picked up two hits each. Eckerd had three costly errors, all by the shortstop.
Canon improved to 3-1 overall posting five strikeouts and giving up four hits.
Northwest will wrap up the Rebel Spring Games with a contest against Southern New Hampshire at 1:20 p.m. CST and then versus #3 Florida Southern at 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday. Fans can listen to both games live on the internet by going to www.NorthwestBearcats.com, clicking on softball and webcasts.
NOTES: The current seven game winning streak is the longest since 2002 when the team won nine in-a-row … Northwest has outscored the opponent 30-6 in the six wins at the Rebel Spring Games … The Bearcats have jumped out first in five of the six games in Florida … With the six home runs today, Northwest has totaled 22 on the year which matches the mark in all of 2005 … Pride, who has 113 career RBIs, is tied with Megan Spring (2001-04) for the Northwest lifetime mark.
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