March 28, 2006
Bearcats Split With Missouri Western; Winning Streak Reaches 10 After Game 1 WinMARYVILLE, Mo. - (Game 1 stats) (Game 2 stats) Extending its winning streak to 10 straight, the Northwest Missouri State softball (16-7, 2-4 MIAA) team split a conference doubleheader this afternoon against Missouri Western (17-13, 1-1 MIAA) with Northwest taking Game 1, 4-0 before dropping the nightcap 8-5. The winning streak was the longest since the 1976 program went for 17 straight.
In Game 1, senior Katy John, who scored three runs in the doubleheader, gave Northwest a 1-0 lead in the first scoring on a wild pitch. Sophomore Janelle Krohn added a sacrifice fly later in the first and Northwest was out to an early 2-0 advantage.
Missouri Western had two good scoring chances in both the fifth and seventh frames with runners on second and third with one out. But, freshman hurler Cola Krueger worked out of both jams and posted her team-tying third shutout of the season.
Junior Sarah Johnson knocked her first homer of the season to right field with one on in the sixth inning. Those insurance runs pushed the Northwest lead to 4-0.
Krueger moved to 5-0 on the year scattering four hits, all singles, in seven innings. She struck out four and walked four. Northwest managed just four hits against MWSU pitcher Dana Wertz but utilized three walks.
The Griffons snapped a four-game losing streak by coming back from an early 2-0 hole in Game 2. Junior Lindsay Stephenson hammered one to left center for her fifth homer of the season and Northwest was up after the first inning. MWSU took the lead for good 3-2, plating all those runs in the third inning off of four hits and one Bearcat error.
MWSU added five more runs in the final four innings including a three-run home run by Kara Unger in the sixth frame. The home run allowed was the first in 11 games by the Northwest pitching staff. Stephenson cranked her second roundtripper in the game with a two-run drive in the seventh to round out the scoring.
Unger picked up the win in relief going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Sophomore Kelly Morris was hit with the loss falling to 5-4 overall. She went 3.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits.
Stephenson was 3-for-4 in the game while John finished 2-for-4.
Northwest remains home for a doubleheader against Rockhurst (Mo.) tomorrow (Wednesday). First pitch from Bearcat Field is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: The 10-game winning streak was the third longest in school history; the 1976 team had 17 straight and the 1975 program went for 12 in-a-row … The Bearcats have scored first in 10 of the last 11 games - they are 8-2 during that stretch … The Game 1 Northwest win snapped a five-game losing skid against Missouri Western ... Lindsay Stephenson tied a school record with her two homers in Game 2 - that feat has been accomplished seven times ... As a team, Northwest is two shy of the school record for home runs in a season - the 2002 club had 29.
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