April 18, 2007
Northwest Spans 16-Game Winning Streak for ESU With Game 2 WinMARYVILLE - (L, 2-1) (W, 2-0) Northwest Missouri State, freshly ranked No. 7 in the North Central Region (April 18), halted a 16-game winning streak for No. 6 Emporia State with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap of a MIAA doubleheader from Bearcat Field. The first game went in favor of Emporia State, 2-1. The Game 2 win for Northwest also stopped an eight-game series losing streak versus the Hornets.
In the Game 2 win, junior Kelly Morris twirled a gem giving up just five singles in 7.0 innings. She improved to 8-6 and lowered her team-best ERA to 2.26 with the win. Emporia put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but Morris snared a liner off the bat of Laura Pfautsch and threw to first for the double-play to end the game.
Northwest got on the board due to an Emporia State error. Senior Lindsay Stephenson singled to lead off the fourth inning, stole second and scored after an overthrow by the shortstop. Junior Crystal Gustin poked her first home run of the season, a solo job, in the fifth to give the Bearcats some breathing room.
The Hornets, who stayed at No. 1 in the North Central Region, got superb pitching from starter Courtney Reed in Game 1. Reed struck out 15 batters and gave up two hits. Down 2-0, the Bearcats plated one run in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Sarah Johnson drove in Stephenson from second base with a two-out base hit to right-center. Following Johnson, Reed settled down and struck out Megan Simpson to end the threat. Reed sat down nine of the final 10 Bearcats of the game.
Sophomore Cola Krueger was hit with the loss going the 7.0 innings giving up two runs on eight hits.
Johnson extended her hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-6 in the doubleheader. Johnson was the lone batter for Northwest to have a hit in each game.
In the final home weekend of the season, Northwest takes on Southwest Baptist at 3 p.m. on Friday before hosting a two-set series with Missouri Southern Saturday at 12 p.m.
NOTES: The home run for Crystal Gustin was the first since May 6, 2006 against Truman State... The Emporia State pitching staff posted 26 strike outs against Bearcat batters today... Northwest now stands 16-2 this season when scoring first... Before the Game 2 win, Northwest last won against Emporia State back on March 6, 2005... The Bearcats stand a perfect 10-0 this year when having zero errors after the Game 2 win today.
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