Feb. 16, 2008
Channell's Three-Run Homer Highlights Season Opener
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior Cortney Channell had four hits, including a three-run home run, in the Bearcats' season-opening doubleheader against Lincoln Saturday at LU Softball Field.
Northwest scored two runs in the final inning to win game one 7-6. Lincoln scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take game two 6-5. Channell was 4-for-7 in the twin bill with five RBIs.
Casey Carper was 5-for-8 with a double, two RBIs and four runs scored in her debut as a Bearcat. Carper spent the previous two seasons at Odessa College. Erin Leslie was 4-for-8 with three runs scored. Carper and Leslie stole three bases each.
It was the first games of the season for both teams, but it didn't take long for the offense to catch up to the pitching. The score was 5-3 Lincoln after one inning of play. The Blue Tigers had four of their seven hits and batted around in the first inning.
Northwest trailed 6-5 heading into the top of the seventh of game one. Carper led off the inning with a single and promptly stole second. A ground ball to second by Carter moved Carper to third and Channell's squeeze bunt plated Carper to tie the game.
Megan Simpson followed suit by squeezing Lindsey Roorda home from third to give the Bearcats the lead. Roorda pinch ran for Carper, who previously reached on an error.
Lincoln placed the tying run on second in the bottom of the seventh, but Cola Krueger got her counterpart, Jessica Thompson, to ground out to end the game. Krueger (1-0) allowed three earned runs and struck out two to earn the win.
Channell's homer in the nightcap gave the Bearcats a 5-1 lead after three innings of play. The Blue Tigers got one run in the fourth before exploding in the sixth. Bethany Weber and Brianna Weber each had RBI singles in the inning for Lincoln.
Kelly Morris (0-1) struck out eight and walked six in six innings of work for Northwest. She'd surrendered four hits leading up to the sixth inning.
Next Up: Northwest will compete at the Evangel Tournament in Springfield, Mo., next weekend.
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