April 18, 2006
Bearcat Notch Two Shut Outs at Truman State
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - (W, 1-0) (W, 1-0) No. 18 Northwest Missouri State softball posted two 1-0 shutouts this afternoon at Truman State in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) play from the Truman Softball Park. Junior Linellis Santiago (Omaha, Neb.) scored both game-winners for the Bearcats including her first homer of 2006 in Game two.
Northwest improves to 31-11 overall and 8-4 in the MIAA. Truman falls to 24-17 and 3-5 in the league.
"Both pitchers had phenomenal games, both two-hitters," said head coach Susan Anderson. "Our defense did an unbelievable job backing them (pitchers) up along with (catcher) Sarah Johnson calling two really good games. We really needed these two wins and to do it against Truman is awesome."
Northwest put one run across in the third inning of Game 1 off a run-scoring double from junior Lindsay Stephenson (Omaha, Neb.). The hit was the 10th straight game in which Stephenson has posted a hit. Freshman pitcher Cola Krueger (Blue Springs, Mo.), ranked third in the MIAA in opponent batting average (.199), limited Truman to two singles, one in the first and one in the seventh innings. She improved to 10-2 on the year as she struck out seven Bulldogs.
Loni Wedemeier was hit with the loss for TSU going the distance and striking out eight batters.
Santiago made it a 1-0 Bearcat lead with her roundtripper in the third inning of Game 2. Northwest threatened in the fifth with a runner on second and one out but couldn't pad the lead. Sophomore Lauren Lakebrink (Liberty, Mo.) was superb on the mound moving to 8-3 on the season in going all seven innings. She sat down the first seven Bulldogs she faced before TSU had two runners in scoring position in the third frame. But, Lakebrink forced Janet Bembnister into an infield fly.
Northwest totaled five hits with five players recording each of them. Lakebrink allowed two hits and struck out two while walking none. Ashley McDougal fell to 8-4 on the year on the hill.
The Bearcats head to Pittsburg, Kan., for a league doubleheader against the Gorillas on Friday at 4 p.m. before a 12 p.m. twinbill at Missouri Southern on Saturday.
NOTES: Junior Lindsay Stephenson had her 10-game hitting streak halted going hitless in Game 2 - it was a career-high and the longest of any Bearcat this year ... Northwest improves to 7-1 this year in one-run games ... The consecutive shut outs against an MIAA foe is a first since Northwest blanked Missouri Southern twice on April 23, 2005 ... The Bearcats stand with 203 total RBIs on the - seven away from the single-season record recorded in 2000 ... Northwest has totaled 30-win seasons in three of the last four campaigns, the best stretch in history.
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