April 21, 2007
Softball Notches Game 2 Win in Walk-Off Fashion; Drops Game 1 to Missouri SouthernMARYVILLE - (L, 5-1) (W, 3-2) Senior Lindsay Stephenson broke a homerless-drought of 12 games with a walk-off solo home run to lead off the seventh inning and give Northwest Missouri State softball a 3-2 victory over Missouri Southern this afternoon from Bearcat Field. That came after the Bearcats dropped a 5-1 decision to MSSU in Game 1.
After the split, the Bearcats now stand 20-13 overall and 7-5 in circuit play. The Lions are 11-27 on the year and 2-10 in the MIAA.
Stephenson, homerless since April 4 at Truman State, went yard on a 2-1 count from starter Tamika Barnes in the seventh inning. The shot was her eighth on the year and moves her to within four homers of tying the school record of 31. Junior pitcher Kelly Morris won her third straight start going the distance. She scattered just three hits, struck out five and walked one batter.
Northwest came back from a 1-0 hole and tied the game after an RBI-single from senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier with two outs in the second. Junior Crystal Gustin gave Northwest a one-run cushion on a fielder's choice in the fourth before MSSU tied the count up at 2-2.
MSSU's Barnes took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits.
MSSU starting pitcher Lacee Craig got out of jams when she needed to record the Game 1 victory. She allowed six walks but struck out nine and stranded eight Northwest runners. MSSU added to its 1-0 lead with four in the fourth inning. The final three runs were unearned after a botched grounder was handled at second base.
Senior Sarah Johnson extended her hitting streak to 12 games and broke up the shutout with her seventh homer of the year, a solo shot, in the sixth inning. Sophomore Cola Krueger dropped to 9-7 on the year as she went 4.0 innings. She gave up five runs (two earned) on seven hits. Junior Chelsea Terhune performed well in relief, giving up one hit in three innings.
Sophomore Megan Simpson led the offense with a 4-for-5 effort on the day while Stephenson went 3-for-8.
Northwest is scheduled next to play at Central Missouri on Wednesday, April 25 with first pitch at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Lindsay Stephenson passed Katy John and Kendra Smith for the Northwest career runs scored record with her solo home run in Game 2 -- she stands with 116... Sarah Johnson saw her 12-game hitting streak snapped after an 0-for-3 effort in Game 2... Northwest entered the weekend ranked No. 7 in the North Central Region (April 18) poll... With the Game 2 win, Northwest has posted at least 20 wins in each of the last eight seasons, which extends a school record for consecutive seasons... Four seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony: Tristin Brown, Sarah Johnson, Linellis Santiago-Bernier and Lindsay Stephenson... Northwest has won 10 of the last 12 meetings with Missouri Southern... The Bearcats have hit at least one homer in 10 of the last 13 games.
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