May 1, 2007
Bearcats Sweep Pitt State in Regular Season FinalesMARYVILLE - (W 8-0 (5)) (W 7-2) Northwest Missouri State pitching held Pittsburg State to six hits in a doubleheader sweep this afternoon from Bearcat Field. Northwest won the first game 8-0 in five innings before taking down the Gorillas 7-2 in the capper. The Bearcats end their regular season at 23-16 overall and 10-8 in the league. Pitt State finishes its season 17-29 overall and 4-14 in the circuit.
Junior Kelly Morris gave up two hits in her third complete game shutout of the season. She struck out four and walked three. The Gorillas put runners on second and third base twice but failed to score both times.
Northwest put up seven runs in the first two innings. In the first inning, senior Sarah Johnson doubled in freshman Erin Leslie before Megan Simpson's run-scoring single plated Johnson. Five runs were tacked on in the second frame as 10 batters came to the dish. Then, an RBI-single from senior Linellis Santiago-Bernier in the fifth inning handed Northwest the rule-shortened victory.
In Game 2, sophomore Cola Krueger had a no-hit bid last into the sixth inning. In all, she gave up two runs on four hits as she struck out one batter. Northwest put up early runs in the third inning off the bat of Leslie, who poked out her sixth homer of the season, which drove in senior Lindsay Stephenson. Northwest had another big inning scoring four times in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Leslie finished her day with a 4-for-7 effort at the plate to go along with five RBIs and four runs scored. Juniors Cortney Channell and Janelle Krohn each compiled three hits and Santiago-Bernier scored three times.
The Bearcats await the announcement for seedings in the 2007 MIAA Postseason Tournament, scheduled to run this Friday and Saturday in Shawnee, Kan. Northwest has already locked in a spot in the eight-team tournament.
NOTES: Northwest has now won five straight against Pittsburg State... Northwest has compiled 22 MIAA wins the last two seasons, the most in a two-year span (with records going back to 1990)... The Bearcats are 13-2 this season when posting 10-plus hits... Linellis Santiago-Bernier is one career double shy of breaking into the school's top 10 -- she has 26 after her two-bagger in Game 1.
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