April 4, 2007
Northwest Missouri State Softball Sweeps Truman State on the Road
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- (W 9-3) (W 8-2) Northwest Missouri State softball knocked around Truman State pitching for 25 combined hits, including 12 for extra-bases, in a doubleheader sweep at Truman this afternoon in MIAA action from North Park Complex. Northwest won the opener 9-3 before taking down the Bulldogs 8-2 to improve to 15-7 on the season. Truman falls to 8-16 overall.
The Bearcats broke Game 1 open with four runs in the third inning. Freshman Kaila Ballard hit the first of her two home runs in the contest with a two-run shot. Two batters later, sophomore Megan Simpson swatted her team-leading eighth long ball of the year before junior Crystal Gustin doubled home one run. Leading 5-1 after three innings, Northwest scored in three of the final four innings to win in convincing fashion.
Truman helped out the Northwest scoring by committing four errors. Sophomore Cola Krueger notched her eighth win of the year on the hill going the distance. She struck out four and gave up three runs (earned) on five hits to improve to 8-3 overall.
The Bearcats showed no signs of slowing down their offense with six runs in the first two innings in Game 2. Senior Lindsay Stephenson led off the game with a solo home run, her seventh of the year. Northwest added four more in the first inning on five hits, the big blow being Janelle Krohn's three-run bomb.
Truman came back to score twice in the bottom of the second but Northwest added two more in the fourth to put away the Bulldogs. Junior Kelly Morris continued her hot pitching earning the complete-game win. She allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits. She fanned five batters against walking one and now stands with 52 season strike outs against just 11 walks.
In the doubleheader, freshman Erin Leslie batted 5-for-8 with three runs scored while Simpson went 4-for-7 with two RBIs. Senior Sarah Johnson finished with four RBIs.
Northwest returns to Maryville for four conference games beginning with a Friday doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. against Pittsburg State followed by No. 6 Emporia State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Northwest has won five out of the last six meetings against Truman State... The Bearcats move to 10-0 this season when posting 10 or more hits... Senior Lindsay Stephenson holds the longest current hitting streak at six games.
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