March 9, 2008
Bearcats Squeeze Past FHSU; Win Two Sunday
PITTSBURG, Kan.-A 3-2, extra-inning win against MIAA foe Fort Hays State highlighted two Northwest wins in three games Sunday at Pittsburg State. The Bearcats beat Quincy 10-0 in five innings in game one and lost 3-2 to Missouri-St. Louis in game two.
Cortney Channell homered in the first and second games and plated the winning run against Fort Hays with a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning. Channell played a role in 10 of the Bearcats' 15 runs scored on the day. She was 5-of-8 from the plate with six RBIs and four runs scored.
The Bearcats' extended their win streak to seven games with the win against Quincy. Kelly Morris (5-2) fired a three-hit shutout and struck out four in five innings. Tiffany Graham hit her second home run of the season, a two-run shot with no outs in the third inning, that gave Northwest its 10-0 lead.
The Bearcats' homered eight times and batted .389 during its win streak, which started Feb. 24 in Arkansas with a 10-7 win against William Penn. Casey Carper hit .600 (15-of-25) with two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs.
Triton pitcher Allyson DeFosset almost single-handedly put an end to the streak. She no-hit the Bearcats for 6 1/3 innings before giving up a two-run shot to Channell that made it 3-2. DeFosset retired the final two Bearcats to end the game.
Northwest didn't commit an error all day and it was its defense that saved the day against the Tigers in the finale.
Fort Hays had a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning and had runners on second and third with one out. Morris, who relieved Bearcat starter Cola Krueger, got Hallie McMillen to hit a grounder to Janelle Krohn at first. Krohn tagged McMillen heading up the line and threw home to get Jessika Anastos out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
Tiffany Carter tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out single to right that scored Carper. The Tigers went ahead 2-1 in the sixth and had runners on first and second with one out. Morris got two ground balls to end the threat.
Channell doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and later scored on a ground ball from Kristen Hessel. Channell had two of the Bearcats' six hits against the Tigers.
Lindsey Wolf began the eighth inning on second base for Fort Hays, but was gunned down at third after trying to advanced on a ball in the dirt. Carter, the Bearcat catcher, recovered and threw out Wolf for the first out of the inning. Morris struck out Anna Herl and Mona Booca to end the inning.
Carper started the Northwest half of the eighth inning at second and moved to third on a fly ball to right field by Carter. Channell squeezed Carper home from third for the winning run.
With the win, Northwest is now 3-0 against MIAA teams this season. The Bearcats beat Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern in addition to Fort Hays.
Up Next: Northwest is off this weekend. The Bearcats are slated to play their home opener next Wednesday against rival-Missouri Western.
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