April 15, 2007
Northwest Wins Two Nailbiters; Drops Third Game in Extras at Home SB Classic
MARYVILLE - (W, 3-2 vs. USD) (W, 3-2 vs. AC) (L, 8-6 vs. MSU) In the second and final day of the Northwest Missouri State Softball Classic, Northwest won 3-2 decisions both against South Dakota and Augustana (S.D.) before falling in extra innings (8) to No. 18 Minnesota State 8-6.
Northwest, who went 2-3 at the Classic, now stands 17-10 on the season.
Getting revenge on a 6-5 loss to South Dakota yesterday, Northwest used late heroics by freshman Erin Leslie in the seventh inning today. Down 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh, senior Lindsay Stephenson found a hole on the right side to open up the frame. After stealing second, Stephenson was driven home on a two-run bomb by Leslie. It was Leslie's third homer of the season. Junior Kelly Morris, who went all 7.0 innings, earned the win despite allowing a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Morris gave up two runs on six hits and struck out eight.
Facing Augustana for the first time this year, Northwest went up 2-1 before Augustana's steal of home in the sixth tied the count at 2-2. Again, Northwest plated the game-winning run in the top of the seventh thanks to a bases-loaded walk forced by senior Sarah Johnson.
Sophomore Cola Krueger went the distance giving up two runs on seven hits and fanning six.
The Bearcats took a three-run lead, a two-run lead, and a one-run lead but the No. 18 Mavericks of Minnesota State came back in the nightcap to go 2-0 against Northwest at the Classic. A pair of two-run homers, hit by MSU's Abby Wagner in the fifth and Ashley Jay in the eighth inning were the difference. Northwest took a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning on an RBI-ground out by senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier. But, the Mavericks tied the game in the bottom of the inning with no outs before Jay's walk-off homer.
Morris fell to 7-6 on the year as she went 3.0 innings in relief. She gave up three runs (no earned) on seven hits.
For the day, Leslie finished 5-for-13 with four RBIs; Johnson was 5-for-11 with four RBIs and junior Cortney Channell went 4-for-10.
Northwest will have a make-up doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18 by hosting No. 7 Emporia State. First pitch from Bearcat Field is set for 2:30 p.m.
NOTES: Megan Simpson is now tied for third in season home runs with 10 after her homer against Minnesota State... Northwest played back-to-back-to-back games for the first time this season... The Bearcats were the visitors in all three home games today after losing the coin flip.
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