March 22, 2006
Northwest Ends Rebel Games at Perfect 8-0
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Northwest Missouri State softball completed its southern trip undefeated at 8-0 taking down Southern New Hampshire for the second time in two days 8-1 before posting a 4-2 win over #2 Florida Southern (28-2) in the fourth and final day of the Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola County Softball Complex. Northwest extended its winning streak to nine games - the longest in four seasons.
Scoring in the first inning for the third straight game, Northwest put one on the board after senior Katy John scored on an error by the SNHU second baseman. John led off the bottom of the frame with a double.
Northwest broke the game open with seven runs in the third, partially due to three Penmen (0-7) errors. Freshman Megan Simpson hit her third home run on the Spring Trip, smashing a two-run homer to left-center plating senior Ashley Pride. After Simpson's homer, five Bearcats scored in the inning with two outs as 13 batters came to the plate.
Southern New Hampshire broke the shutout against sophomore pitcher Kelly Morris as Ashley Bernstein singled home a run for the Penmen in the fifth frame.
Morris improved to 5-3 overall scattering six hits, striking out four and allowing two base-on-balls. Morris entered the game with two walks in 36 innings.
John went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Pride was a perfect 2-for-2.
SNHU finished with an equal number of hits and errors (6).
In the win against the nationally-ranked Moccasins, Northwest took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first off a bases-loaded walk from junior Sarah Johnson. FSC, who had its 10-game winning streak snapped, knocked three straight hits in the bottom half and would take a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Sophomore Janelle Krohn gave Northwest the lead for good in the fifth clearing the bases with a two-out double to left-center field.
Freshman Cola Kruger, who came on in relief with one out in the first, moved to 4-0 on the year by giving up just one hit and striking out one batter. Krueger retired seven straight batters from the second to the fourth inning allowing just three base runners in 6 2/3 innings.
John was the leading Bearcat hitting going 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The Bearcats head back to Missouri for two home doubleheaders beginning with Missouri Western on Tuesday, March 28 followed by Rockhurst on Wednesday. Both twinbills begin at 2 p.m. CST.
NOTES: The current nine-game winning streak is the longest since 2002 when the team won nine in-a-row … Northwest outscored the opponent 42-9 in the eight wins at the Rebel Spring Games … After scoring in the top of the first inning against Florida Southern, the Bearcats scored first in seven of the eight games in Florida … Northwest has totaled 23 home runs on the year which surpasses the 22 set in all of 2005 … Pride, who already holds the career home run mark of 26, now has 114 career RBIs moving past Megan Spring (2001-04) for the Northwest lifetime mark … Simpson's homer in the first game tied her with Pride for the team lead (6) … In the last nine games, Northwest has hit 10 homers while allowing none … John was the team's leading hitter at the Rebel Spring Games, going 13-of-28 (.464) in eight games.
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