Feb. 24, 2008
Bearcats Take Third at Tech Tourney
RUSSELLVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State went 2-2 in round robin play and 3-2 overall at the Arkansas Tech Spring Slam Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Bearcats (4-3) scored 17 runs in a 12-run victory against William Penn in their opener, beat the Statesmen again, 10-7, Saturday and closed the tournament with a 5-4 win against MIAA foe Pittsburg State.
Arkansas Tech went 4-0 to win the event, including a 7-1 win against Northwest. Drury beat the Bearcats 8-5 in Northwest's third game Friday.
The 17 runs scored Friday are five shy of the Bearcats' single-game record. Northwest scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and had all nine starters cross home during the game. Kaila Ballard was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs.
Ballard wasn't the only Bearcat with five RBIs in one game against the Statesmen. Tiffany Carter hit a three-run homer and drove in another run in Northwest's win Saturday. It was the first home run of the season for Carter, who drove in 10 runs during the weekend.
Cortney Channell hit her second home run of the season Saturday against William Penn, then went 4-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Pittsburg State in the second game of the day. Channell drove in six runs during the tournament and was 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate. She's bating an even .500 (12-for-24) to begin the season.
Casey Carper was 4-for-4 against William Penn Saturday and was 9-for-18 for the tournament (.500). Carper leads the Bearcats with a .538 average this season.
Erin Leslie has hit safely in all seven games this season and had six hits in five games in Russellville. She also stole four bases and has a team-high seven swipes this season without being caught.
Kelly Morris and Cola Krueger spent most of the time in the circle for Northwest, although Kelsey Resa pitched in her first two games of the season. Resa had been battling an injury, but started against William Penn Saturday and pitched 5 1/3 innings during the weekend.
Morris went 2-1 in two starts and four appearances at the tournament and struck out 11 batters in just over 14 innings of work. Krueger was 1-1 in 13 1/3 innings and had 10 strikeouts. Morris struck out the only hitter she faced against Pittsburg State in the top of the seventh and earned the win.
Next Up: Northwest is scheduled to play four games next weekend at the Pittsburg State Tournament in Pittsburg, Kan.
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