April 9, 2006
Northwest Wins 14th Straight Over Southwest Baptist With Doubleheader SweepMARYVILLE, Mo. - No. 18 Northwest Missouri State (25-7, 4-4 MIAA) softball continued its recent dominance over Southwest Baptist taking the doubleheader, 3-0 and 5-1, this afternoon at Bearcat Field. Northwest, who has won nine straight and 19 of its last 20, has now rattled off 14 consecutive wins over SBU dating back to the 2000 season.
In Game 1, Northwest jumped out first for the 22nd time this year thanks to an RBI single from sophomore Janelle Krohn in the first inning. SBU threatened to score as two batters reached in the fifth, Lindsey Fisher on a double and Cyndi Euliss on a walk. After Amy Marshall grounded out to second base for the second out, Mary Nguyen, who pinch ran for Fisher at third base, was gunned down at home trying to score.
With the shut out intact, Northwest added two insurance runs in the sixth frame. Leading off the inning, Krohn, who went 3-for-3 in the game and reached base safely in five straight plate appearances in the doubleheader, parked one over the left field wall for her third homer of 2006. Junior Sarah Johnson followed with her fourth roundtripper to make the score 3-0.
Freshman pitcher Cola Krueger posted her fifth shutout and moved to 8-0 on the year in the complete game victory in the matinee. Krueger scattered five hits while striking out six and walking two.
Senior Katy John went 2-for-3 in the game with one run scored. Fisher, who was hit with the loss on the mound, led SBU with a 3-for-3 effort at the dish.
For the third straight game, Northwest scored in the first inning as it took a 2-0 lead in Game 2. John passed home plate on a sac fly by senior Ashley Pride before junior Lindsay Stephenson scored on an RBI-single by Krohn.
The hosts tacked on two more runs in the third before SBU notched a lone score in the fourth inning on the aid of a walk and throwing error. With Northwest in the lead 4-1, junior Tristin Brown drove in sophomore Crystal Gustin for the fifth and final Bearcat run in the sixth.
Sophomore hurler Lauren Lakebrink retired the first nine batters she faced before giving up a walk in the fourth to Marshall. SBU broke up Lakebrink's no-hitter with two outs in the seventh. Tara Phillips laced a double to right field, but was stranded after a ground-out ended the contest. Inducing 17 ground ball outs, Lakebrink improved to 5-2 overall as she struck out one and walked one.
John went for her team-leading 12th multiple hit game of the year with a 2-for-4 performance in Game 2.
The Bearcats host Central Missouri State at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday). After a conference split at Truman State this afternoon, CMSU is in third place with a 6-4 mark in the conference.
NOTES: With two home runs in Game 1, it marked the eighth time this year that Northwest has rapped more than one in a single game … Northwest was ranked for the first time in school history in the latest NFCA poll (April 5) - tied with San Francisco State at No. 18 … The Bearcats improve to 22-1 this year when scoring first after doing so in both games this afternoon …Northwest pitchers have totaled 12 shut outs in 2006.
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