April 30, 2007
Softball Takes Game 2 at Fort Hays State on SundayHAYS, Kan. - (L 7-3) (W 3-1) Kaila Ballard's double in the fifth inning of Game 2, which drove in two runners, was the game-winning hit as Northwest Missouri State went on for a 3-1 victory and salvage a split at Fort Hays State on Sunday (April 29). Fort Hays jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Game 1 and held off a Bearcat rally to take the first contest 7-3 from Tiger Stadium.
Northwest, who was ranked No. 7 in the latest North Central Region poll (April 25), now stands 21-16 overall and 8-8 in the MIAA. FHSU holds a 22-33 overall mark but is 11-7 in the league.
Sophomore righty Cola Krueger got to 10 wins on the year (10-8) by going the distance in Game 2. She scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Trailing 1-0 going into the third inning, the Bearcats tied the score after freshman Erin Leslie crossed home plate on an RBI-double from senior Sarah Johnson, her team-leading 11th double of the year. Leslie reached base on an error by the third-baseman. Leslie scored her second run of the game behind senior Lindsay Stephenson in the fifth thanks to Ballard's game-winner.
FHSU's Emily Herl pounded a one-out grand slam in the fourth inning of Game 1 and knocked out starter Kelly Morris. At that point, the Tigers held a 7-0 edge before the Bearcats put up three runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore Megan Simpson, who posted her team-best 10th multi-RBI game, rapped a bases-clearing double to account for all three runs in the fifth.
Morris took the loss going 3 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on eights. Junior Chelsea Terhune continued her solid relief pitching by giving up just two hits the rest of the way.
Stephenson led Bearcat hitters going 4-for-7 and Johnson compiled three hits in the two games.
The Bearcats will end the regular season with a home doubleheader against Pittsburg State on Tuesday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
NOTES: With the win in Game 2, Cola Krueger snapped a four-game losing skid as a starter on the rubber... Prior to the Game 2 win, Northwest lost a season-long three games... In her last four relief appearances, Chelsea Terhune has pitched shut-out ball in 11 2/3 innings surrendering five hits... The meetings with FHSU were the first since 1982... The Bearcat have hit one homer in the last four games, tied for the lowest amount in a four-game stretch this year.
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