April 1, 2006
Bearcats Win Three at UNO Tournament
OMAHA, Neb. - (Game 1 stats) (Game 2 stats) (Game 3 stats) Northwest Missouri State softball (21-7) won all three games on Day 1 at the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament played at the Seymour Softball Complex. Moving to 16-1 in its last 17 games, Northwest scored victories over Augustana (S.D.) 4-3, No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha 1-0, and Minnesota State University, Mankato 5-2.
In the 4-3 win over Augustana, Northwest plated two runs in the first inning on a two-out two-run triple by junior Sarah Johnson (Olathe, Kan.). Johnson's first career triple came on a full-count pitch. The first-inning runs marked the eighth time in nine games Northwest has scored at least once in the first.
The Vikings of Augustana countered with three runs in the top of the fourth thanks to an Erin Kohles double, which scored two. The 3-2 AC lead was short-lived as senior Katy John (Blue Springs, Mo.) gave Northwest the lead for good with a two-run inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the frame. It was the second of the season for John and the 30th as a team, setting the school record.
Augustana put two runners on in the fifth and seventh innings to threaten the Northwest lead but sophomore pitcher Lauren Lakebrink (Liberty, Mo.) came on in relief of freshman pitcher Cola Krueger (Blue Springs, Mo.) in the fifth with two outs and induced a ground-out to end the inning.
Lakebrink picked up the save going 2.1 innings and allowing two singles. Krueger moved to a perfect 7-0 on the year giving up three earned runs on six hits.
John went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and sophomore Janelle Krohn (Harrisonville, Mo.) collected two hits and one RBI.
The second game against UN-Omaha was a pitching gem with a combined five hits, four of them credited to the Mavericks. Junior Lindsay Stephenson (Omaha, Neb.) broke up Cheris Kuster's perfect game sending Kuster's 1-1 pitch to the left-center gap. She scored on the inside-the-park roundtripper. Kuster had sat down 19 straight Bearcats before Stephenson's drive in the top of the seventh.
After allowing at least one base runner in each of the first four innings, sophomore pitcher Kelly Morris (Blue Springs, Mo.) settled down retiring nine of the final 10 batters she faced. Morris scattered four hits in going the distance bettering her record to 6-4.
In Game 3 versus Minnesota State, Northwest tied the score at 1-1 in the second thanks to two MSU defensive blunders. Sophomore Megan Stalder (Omaha, Neb.), pinch-running for Krohn, made it home after an error by the catcher. In the fifth frame, the Bearcats opened up their lead to 5-1 thanks to a two-RBI single by John and a two-RBI double by Pride.
MSU added a run in the sixth to cut the deficit at 5-2 on back-to-back triples.
Lakebrink earned the win going all seven innings giving up two earned runs on four hits. She struck out four and walked one. Junior Tristin Brown (Excelsior Springs, Mo.) posted her first multiple-hit game at Northwest with a 2-for-3 effort and one run scored.
Northwest is scheduled to wrap up tournament play with two games on Sunday. The Bearcats will face South Dakota at 9 a.m. followed by North Dakota at 11 a.m. at the Seymour Complex.
NOTES: Freshman Cola Krueger had her scoreless pitching streak snapped at 30.1 innings after Nebraska-Omaha scored in the fourth inning with one out … With two home runs today, Northwest has set the school best for homers in a season with 31 - the tally broke the 29 homers set in 2002 … All games in the Tournament were played on fields with 300-plus fences … Going hitless versus Nebraska-Omaha, senior Katy John had her seven-game hitting streak snapped.
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