April 20, 2007
Northwest Earns Biggest Shutout Since 1994; Splits DH With Southwest Baptist at HomeMARYVILLE - (L, 1-0) (W, 16-0) Northwest Missouri State softball earned its biggest shutout in 13 years with a 16-0 blanking of Southwest Baptist in Game 2 of a MIAA doubleheader this afternoon. SBU halted a 14-game overall losing streak with a 1-0 victory in the first game. The Game 2 win is the largest shutout since Northwest got past Wisconsin-Superior 18-0 back on March 19, 1994.
Northwest, ranked No. 7 in the North Central Region, now stands 19-12 overall and 6-4 in the MIAA while SBU is 6-27 and 1-11 in the league.
SBU notched the game-winning run in Game 1 in the sixth inning. With two outs, Alisa Klingenberg scored on an error by leftfielder Tristin Brown, who misplayed a single from Ashley Loftis. SBU starter Amanda Orchard got the complete-game win allowing five hits and striking out five. She did not allow a hit in the final three innings.
Northwest had a prime chance in the fourth inning, loading the bases with one out, but two fly-outs ended the threat. Sophomore Cola Krueger dropped to 9-6 on the year despite fanning 10 SBU batters, tying a season high.
In Game 2, Northwest raced out to a 3-0 lead before SBU recorded an out. In total, 13 Bearcats batted in the first inning as Northwest scored nine times on 10 runs. Sarah Johnson, Erin Leslie and Lindsay Stephenson all posted two hits in the first frame as Leslie rapped two doubles.
Northwest added five more runs on five hits in the second inning to add to the scoring onslaught. Junior Kelly Morris notched the five-inning win allowing four hits and striking out three.
Johnson, who extended her hitting streak to 11 straight games, finished her day 5-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Leslie went 5-for-7 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore Megan Simpson and Stephenson each had three hits on the day.
Northwest partakes in Senior Day on Saturday against Missouri Southern starting at 12 p.m.
NOTES: The 16 runs and 19 hits are the most since posting 21 runs and 22 hits in the 21-5 win over Upper Iowa on April 15, 2006... The 115 career runs scored by Lindsay Stephenson ties Katy John and Kendra Smith's total... Freshman Kaila Ballard sat out her first games this season with a left shoulder injury -- her status is listed as questionable; Ballard had started in the season's first 29 games at 3B.
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