April 14, 2007
Bearcats Fall Twice in Day 1 of Classic
MARYVILLE - (L, 6-5 vs. USD) (L, 6-4 vs. MSU) Northwest Missouri State softball lost twice in Day 1 of the Northwest Classic today from Bearcat Field. Northwest fell 6-5 to South Dakota before losing 6-4 to No. 18 Minnesota State. Northwest left 19 runners on base in the two games falling to 0-4 this season at home.
Northwest, now 15-9 on the season, plays three times tomorrow in the second and final day. The Bearcats open up action against South Dakota at 11 a.m. from Bearcat Field.
Northwest tied the game twice against South Dakota. Falling down 2-0 in the third inning, the Bearcats plated two runs on just one hit. USD starter Tiffany Mockenhaupt walked four batters, the last being Sarah Johnson with the bases-loaded to make the score 2-2.
After USD put up three runs in the top of the fifth, the Bearcats used four hits again to tie the score. Sophomore Megan Simpson hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, before an RBI-double from junior Janelle Krohn.
Rachel Fricke hit a solo homer, with two outs in the top of the seventh, for the game-winner.
Sophomore Cola Krueger fell to 8-4 on the year taking the loss. She went 6 2/3 innings giving up career-high six runs on 10 hits. She fanned three and walked two. Tagney Jones earned the victory in 2.0 innings of relief.
In a game pitting two of the region's top-five teams, Minnesota State (No. 2) came from behind thanks to hot bats in the middle innings. After going through the line-up perfectly the first time through, junior pitcher Kelly Morris ran into trouble in the fourth inning. She gave up singles to the first two batters and later one would score on a wild pitch. In the fifth inning, MSU took a 3-1 lead before plating three times in the top of the sixth.
Trailing 6-1, Northwest made it a 6-4 game courtesy of five hits in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier had the big hit, a double to left-field to drive in two Bearcats. Northwest put the bases loaded in the home-half of the seventh with one out, but the last two Bearcats struck out.
Morris went 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits to fall to 6-5 this season. Junior Chelsea Terhune went 1 2/3 innings shutting down the Maverick bats.
On the day, freshman Kaila Ballard went 4-for-7, Johnson finished 3-for-7 with two RBIs and junior Cortney Channell posted three hits and two runs scored.
NOTES: Megan Simpson is tied for fifth in season home runs with nine after her two-run shot in Game 1… Before today, Chelsea Terhune last pitched March 17 against Minnesota-Crookston when she earned the 6.0-inning win… In 14 of 24 games this year, Northwest has multiple errors, which includes twice today… Northwest stands No. 5 in the North Central Region.
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