April 11, 2006
Bearcats Split With No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha; Winning Streak Ends at 11OMAHA, Neb. - In a match-up between two top-20 programs, No. 18 Northwest Missouri State softball earned a 12-3, Game 2 victory after losing 3-0 to No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha this afternoon at Claussen-Westgate Field. The Game 1 loss for Northwest stopped an 11-game winning streak, the third longest in school history.
Northwest stands at 28-8 overall and Nebraska-Omaha is at 30-7 on the year.
The first game saw the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha pick up two runs in the second inning off of starter Cola Krueger. Katie Novotny led off the frame with a single and later scored on a base hit. The next batter, Sara Sortino, drove in Kellyn Kramolisch on a single to left field and UNO grabbed a 2-0 lead. The third UNO run scored in the third inning after an error in the infield.
UNO hurler Cheris Kuster had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning before junior Lindsay Stephenson doubled down the left-field line to open up the frame. Kuster earned the win fanning 14 Bearcats and walking none. Krueger was hit with her first loss of 2006 going 4.2 innings. She gave up three earned runs on 10 hits as she struck out three and walked one. Krueger stands at 9-1 on the season.
UNO totaled 10 hits led by a 3-for-3 effort from Leslie Svoboda.
The Northwest bats came alive in the nightcap with four runs coming across in the second inning. The big hit was a two-RBI double from senior Katy John. UNO plated single runs in the fourth and sixth before Northwest busted out for eight runs in the seventh. Sophomore Amy Farrow notched a single to right-center to score two Bearcats and sophomore Crystal Gustin drove in two with a base hit. All eight runs were unearned as the Mavericks committed two errors in the frame.
Stephenson finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs while Farrow and Gustin each collected two hits. Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink moved to 6-2 on the year going 5.2 innings. She compiled five strikeouts and allowed seven hits.
The Bearcats host the Northwest Classic on Friday and Saturday with a scheduled four games. Northwest begins with Minnesota State, Mankato on Friday at 12:30 p.m.
NOTES: The 11-game winning streak was the third longest in school history behind the 12 games in 1975 and school-record 17-game streak in 1976 ... Junior Lindsay Stephenson broke up Game 1's no-hitter and similarly stopped the UNO perfect game back on April 1 with a solo home run with two outs in the seventh inning - Northwest won that game 1-0 ... Stephenson is riding a five-game hit streak - longest on the team ... Senior Katy John had her seven-game hitting streak halted at seven games after going 0-for-3 in Game 1.
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