March 18, 2007
#25 Northwest Wins Twice at Second Day of ESU TournamentEMPORIA, Kan. - (W 3-2) (W 6-0) Megan Simpson hit four solo home runs during a five at-bat stretch to lead the power surge for No. 25 Northwest Missouri State today at the Emporia State University Best Western/Rodeway Inn Softball Tournament. Northwest, who finished 4-1 at the Tournament, hit a total of six homers on the day to take down Winona (Minn.) State 3-2 and Central Oklahoma 6-0.
In Game 1 vs. Winona State, senior Lindsay Stephenson handed Northwest a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a solo homer. Winona State tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth frame. The Warriors put their first three batters on base to help the cause. Then, Simpson flexed her muscle hitting her second solo shot of the game in the bottom of the sixth for the game-winner.
Sophomore Cola Krueger earned the win setting down the Warriors in the final two innings. She came on with no outs and two runners on in the sixth inning and Northwest leading 2-1. She struck out two batters and gave up two hits in two innings to improve to 4-2 on the year.
In the win against Central Oklahoma, Simpson notched a first-inning roundtripper before senior Sarah Johnson directed one over the right-field fence in the second inning. Leading 3-0 after Simpson's fourth homer of the day in the fifth inning, Northwest plated three unearned runs on two hits and two UCO errors to put away the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Krueger went the full seven innings for the victory. The reigning MIAA Freshman of the Year yielded just five singles as she struck out five Bronchos. Simpson ended the game 2-for-3 and had five RBIs in the two games.
Northwest, who now is 10-4 on the season, next travels to Missouri Western on Tuesday, March 20 for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.
NOTES: Northwest has now smacked 23 home runs compared to five by the opponent this year … Lindsay Stephenson stands with 25 career homers, passing Angie McCoy for second on the Northwest career list - she is chasing the 37 set by Ashley Pride … Northwest moves to 8-0 this year when scoring first … Kelly Morris opened the game vs. Winona State with 11 straight strikes and 16 of her first 17 pitches were strikes … Megan Simpson ended the weekend with a team-best .467 batting average with five homers and seven RBIs … Cola Krueger finished the seven-inning win vs. UCO in 89 pitches while the two pitchers for UCO posted 137 pitches.
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