April 10, 2006
No. 18 Bearcats Dispose of Jennies Twice; Hit Eight Homers in the MIAA Sweep
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Smashing eight home runs in the doubleheader, No. 18 Northwest Missouri State swept Central Missouri State this afternoon, 11-6 and 11-3, in conference action at Bearcat Field. Sophomore Janelle Krohn and junior Lindsay Stephenson each hit two roundtrippers helping Northwest to its 11th straight victory of the year.
Northwest, who has won 21 of its last 22 games, improves to 27-7 overall and 6-4 in the MIAA. Central Missouri State falls to 22-14 on the year and 6-6 in the league.
The Bearcats sprinted out to a 7-0 lead after the first three innings in Game 1. Krohn walloped her first career grand slam in the first inning before junior Tristin Brown pounded a solo homer in the second, the first of her Bearcat career, and knocked in two more with a two-out single in the third.
CMSU's Katie Bauer brought the Jennies within striking distance after she hit a three-run shot in the top of the fourth. That made the score 7-4 in favor of Northwest. But the Northwest offense continued to click as senior Ashley Pride drove in senior Katy John with a bunt single in the bottom of the fourth. After Central Missouri picked up two more runs in the fifth, John homered and Krohn notched her second blast in the sixth. Krohn's two-runner finished the scoring and Northwest ended with 11 hits.
Freshman Cola Krueger earned the win to move to 9-0 on the season going 4.2 innings and giving up six runs (3 earned) on seven hits. She walked none and struck out five. Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink came in the fourth and wrapped up the victory perfectly allowing no hits and striking out two.
John led the Northwest hit parade with a 3-for-4 effort and three runs scored. Three other Bearcats had two hits.
For the fifth straight game, the Bearcats struck in the first inning as Stephenson hit her ninth home run of the year. With two more runs in the second, Northwest held a 3-0 lead before CMSU's Rachel Adams drove in a run in the third.
Northwest put the game away in the fourth inning thanks to a three-run drive from Stephenson. At that point, Northwest led 7-1. Junior Sarah Johnson sent the Bearcat faithful home happy ending the second game in the sixth inning on a grand slam.
Junior Linellis Santiago, who snapped an 0-for-27 drought with a single in the second, finished the game 3-for-3 with one run scored. Stephenson collected two hits and four RBIs.
Sophomore Kelly Morris moved to 8-4 overall and held CMSU to two runs in five innings of work. The Blue Springs, Mo., native posted seven strike outs and lower her team-best ERA to 1.61. Junior Talina Canon worked 1.0 inning of relief giving up one run on two hits.
The Bearcats travel to No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. In the last meeting, Northwest snuck past the Mavericks 1-0 on April 1.
NOTES: Northwest has blasted 17 homers in the last six games increasing its school record to 48 on the year .... The Bearcats have taken five of the last six meetings with Central Missouri ... The current 11-game winning streak is the third longest in school history behind the 12 games in 1975 and school-record 17-game streak in 1976 ... During the current streak, Northwest has hit 21 homers and allowed just four ... The Bearcats scored at least one run in nine of 12 innings this afternoon ... The two homers hit each by Stephenson and Krohn tied a single-game school record.
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