March 29, 2006
Doubleheader Sweep Goes in Favor of BearcatsMARYVILLE, Mo. - (Game 1 stats) (Game 2 stats) Holding Rockhurst to three hits all day, the Northwest Missouri State (18-7) softball team swept the Lady Hawks this afternoon, 8-0 in six innings and 3-0 in the nightcap, at Bearcat Field. Northwest has now won 12 of its last 13 games overall.
Freshman pitcher Cola Krueger (Blue Springs, Mo.) was superb in shutting down the Rockhurst (8-18) bats in six innings. Krueger retired 18 of the 20 batters she faced allowing a two-out walk in the second inning and a one-out double to Kourtney Burnett in the fourth. She fanned five Lady Hawks to move to 6-0 on the season and lower her ERA to 2.36. Krueger has not allowed an earned run in her last 27.0 innings, which spans five games.
Senior Katy John (Blue Springs, Mo.), who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in Game 1, crossed home to open up the first inning. She raced home before junior Lindsay Stephenson (Omaha, Neb.), to give the Bearcats a 2-0 edge. Junior Sarah Johnson (Olathe, Kan.) hit a two-run home run, her second in three games, to push the Northwest lead out to 4-0 heading into the second frame.
After single runs in the second and fourth frames, the Bearcats ended the contest with two more in the sixth. Three Bearcats rapped singles with John scoring the eighth run to give Northwest its sixth shortened-win game of 2006.
Besides John's offensive outburst, four other Bearcats posted two hits apiece for a team total of 11. Heather Robertson was hit with the loss on the hill giving up seven earned runs and striking out two.
Game 2 saw a pitching duel until the fourth inning when Northwest took a 1-0 lead. Junior Tristin Brown (Excelsior Springs, Mo.) scored sophomore Megan Stalder (Omaha, Neb.) on a fielder's choice. Senior Ashley Pride (Ravenwood, Mo.) blasted her team-leading eighth homer in the fifth inning, a two-run laser, to give Northwest some breathing room.
Junior Talina Canon (Maryville, Mo.) nailed down the win going the distance. She struck out six and gave up just two two singles. Burnett pitched for RU and dropped the decision giving up three earned runs. She walked five and struck out three.
Pride led all hitters going 2-for-2 and improving her RBI season total to 24 with her two in the game.
Northwest travels to Omaha, Neb., for the UNO Tournament with five games on Saturday and Sunday. The Bearcats face Minnesota Duluth at 11 a.m. to begin the event.
NOTES: Northwest has matched the school record with 29 home runs in a season - tying the 2002 club ... The Bearcats moved to a perfect 3-0 mark all-time over Rockhurst - the Lady Hawks are in their first year of Division II softball ... The Bearcats have hit a home run in seven of their last eight contests ... The last earned run given up by Cola Krueger was in the first inning against Wayne (Mich.) State on March 18 - she got a no-decision as Northwest came from behind to win 5-4 after she was pulled after 1.0 inning of work ... Northwest was held without a run in the first inning of Game 2 - that scoreless first frame snapped a seven-game stretch of plating at least one run in the first frame.
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