March 14, 2007
#22 Northwest Softball Splits MIAA Opening Series at Washburn
EMPORIA, Kan. - (W 12-1 (5) ) (L 6-3) No. 25 Northwest Missouri State went 2-1 on Day 1 at the Emporia State University Best Western/Rodeway Inn Softball Tournament. Northwest opened up with two wins against Bemidji (Minn.) State, 8-3 and Minnesota-Crookston, 12-2 in six innings before falling 4-2 to Cameron (Okla.).
Freshman Erin Leslie was the team's hitting leader on the day going 4-for-8 (.500) with one double and two RBIs. Seniors Tristin Brown and Lindsay Stephenson each hit a pair of home runs with Brown posting seven RBIs on the day.
Against Bemidji State, the Northwest bats awoke with seven runs in the second and third innings. The big blow was a grand slam by senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier in the second. Junior pitcher Kelly Morris did not allow a hit until the third inning and went the distance to improve to 4-2 on the year. She struck out four and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits.
In the six-inning victory against Minnesota-Crookston, the game was close at 4-1 until the Bearcats posted eight runs on eight hits in the top of the sixth inning. Stephenson and sophomore Megan Simpson each blasted two-run homers in the frame as 13 Bearcats batted.
Junior Chelsea Terhune picked up her first Bearcat victory going all six innings. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven batters.
The Bearcats trailed the entire way against the Aggies of Cameron in the nightcap. Cameron pushed two runs across in the first frame before Northwest's Simpson scored on a wild pitch in the home-half of the first inning. Trailing 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Santiago-Bernier cut the Northwest gap to two runs before the bases were loaded with one out. But, CU hurler Ashton McBride got two straight outs and stifled the Northwest rally.
Sophomore Cola Krueger was tagged with the loss in 5 2/3 innings. She gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks.
Northwest, now 8-4 on the season, will take on two opponents in the Emporia State Tournament on Sunday, March 18 first with Winona (Minn.) State at 11:30 a.m. followed by Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Northwest smacked seven homers in the two victories today … Lindsay Stephenson had a seven-game hitting streak snapped against Cameron … The Bearcats had a season-high 15 hits against Minnesota-Crookston … Erin Leslie leads the team with seven games of multiple hits after she had two today.
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