March 22, 2007
Bearcats Come up Short in Doubleheader Losses to #21 Nebraska-Omaha
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( L, 4-3) ( L, 5-4) No. 21 Nebraska-Omaha held on for two non-conference victories, 4-3 and 5-4, this afternoon against host Northwest Missouri State in softball action from Bearcat Field. Northwest made late comeback bids in both games scoring three runs in the final inning in Game 1 before putting the tying run on second base with one out in Game 2.
Northwest falls to 10-6 on the year while UNO jumps to 9-6 overall.
With the Mavericks of UNO leading 4-0 heading into the final at-bat for Northwest in Game 1, senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier put Northwest on the board with an RBI-single. The next batter, freshman Erin Leslie hit a towering drive to left-field that was misplayed by the outfielder and two more Bearcats scored to make the count 4-3. However, UNO pitcher Cheris Kuster forced Cortney Channell into a game-ending fly-out.
Kuster went the distance for the win fanning seven Bearcats in the process. Sophomore Cola Krueger suffered the loss as she allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Channell led the Bearcat hitters by going 2-for-4.
In Game 2, UNO capitalized on four Bearcat miscues in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. But the Bearcats chipped away eventually tying the score at 4-4 on a solo home run by Leslie, her second on the year, in the sixth frame. UNO's Brooke Wagner pushed across the game-winning run with an RBI-single to left field in the top of the seventh.
The Bearcats had a great opportunity to score in the seventh but a double-play squashed the rally.
Taren Kirk went 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits to get the win. Melissa Negrete was credited with the save. Junior Kelly Morris took the loss going the complete game. She allowed five runs, two earned, on 10 hits. Channell again was the top hitter going 2-for-4.
Northwest will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to take on Rockhurst for a non-conference twinbill scheduled for Sunday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
NOTES: The Bearcats fall to 15-35 all-time against Nebraska-Omaha ... The Bearcats now have 24 home runs on the season compared to six by the opponent ... Northwest has now committed at least two errors in 11 of its 16 games this season.
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