March 26, 2008
Bearcats, Bronchos Split a Pair
EDMOND, Okla.-Northwest Missouri State junior Cola Krueger pitched a one-hit shutout, her first of the season, to highlight the Bearcats' doubleheader against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos Wednesday at Broncho Field. Northwest won the opener 3-0, but dropped the nightcap 7-3.
Krueger (6-2) faced three more than the minimum in the opener and didn't allow a Broncho past second base. Her offense, meanwhile, slugged out nine hits and scored a run in the third and two in the fifth. Tiffany Carter drove in two runs. Casey Carper tripled in her third consecutive game to drive in the other. Carper has five triples this season and is hitting a team-best .462.
Cortney Channell and Amber Corkins pushed the Bearcats (14-8) to a 3-0 lead in game two after each homered in the second inning. Channell led off the inning with her fifth round-tripper of the season. Corkins went deep four batters later. It was the first career home run for Corkins, a freshman from Agency, Mo.
After being blanked for nine innings and combining for two hits in that span, the Bronchos (18-8) scored in each of their final four at bats while pounding out eight hits. Three of those were home runs and three others were doubles. Central Oklahoma had three singles in 50 at bats during the twin bill.
Alley Roberts got UCO on the board with a solo shot in the bottom of the third. Kelsey Tiger led off the fourth with a homer to make it 3-2. After taking the lead in the fifth, Molly Shivers led off the sixth with a four bagger to make it 5-3. Roberts doubled later in the inning to make it 7-3.
Hillary Brandt pitched five scoreless innings for Central Oklahoma to earn the win in game two. Krueger gave up five times as many hits in her one inning of relief in game two than she did in all of game one and took the loss. Kaila Ballard had two hits in game two and had three on the day.
Up Next: Northwest will compete in two games Saturday and three Sunday at a tournament hosted by Nebraska-Omaha this weekend.
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