March 27, 2007
Bearcats Split MIAA Doubleheader at Missouri Western
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - (L, 1-2) (W, 2-1) Northwest Missouri State drew 15 walks in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) split at Missouri Western this evening from the MWSU Softball Complex. MWSU earned a 2-1 victory before Northwest salvaged a 2-1 win in the nightcap.
Missouri Western (13-11, 1-1 MIAA) got all the scoring it needed in the first frame to start the twinbill. Three hits and one error later, the Griffons led 2-0. Freshman Kaila Ballard, who raised her average 50 points last week to .246, drove in a Northwest (13-7, 2-2 MIAA) run with her double in the fifth inning. The Bearcats had the tying run at second base with one out in the seventh but MWSU hurler Lindsey Predovich struck out the final batter to preserve the win.
Predovich went the distance allowing just four hits while striking out seven. She allowed six walks and forced Northwest to strand nine runners. Junior Kelly Morris fell to 5-4 with the loss as she went all six innings. She gave up both runs on eight hits while fanning three.
In the second game, senior Lindsay Stephenson staked Northwest to a 1-0 lead. She opened with a lead-off single, stole second and five batters later, crossed home on a Megan Simpson walk. Simpson's second walk of the game gave her another RBI and sent home junior Cortney Channell in the fifth inning.
The Griffons drew within one run in the sixth on a double-steal and game stood at 2-1 heading into the seventh. But sophomore pitcher Cola Krueger was solid on the mound sitting down the Griffons in order in the final inning and improved to 7-3 on the year. She struck out five, walked one and allowed five base hits. Kristi Warneke took the loss going 4 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits and seven walks.
Stephenson finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 with one run while freshman Erin Leslie and senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier each had two hits.
Northwest now heads to Omaha, Neb., for the UNO Tournament scheduled for March 31-April 1.
NOTES: Northwest is now 11-0 this year when scoring first... In the 2-1 win in Game 2, Northwest had four hits, the least amount in a victory since having three in the 1-0 shutout at Truman State (April 18, 2006)... The Bearcats are 3-3 this season when the game is decided by one run... Lindsay Stephenson is climbing up the all-time stolen base charts - she is third with 42.
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