April 2, 2008
Northwest Takes Two From Truman
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State took to the road for the first time in MIAA play Wednesday and picked up a pair of wins against Truman.
Tiffany Graham's two-out, RBI single in the top of the eighth inning was the difference in a 4-3 win in game one. Kelly Morris fired a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win in game two. The Bearcats (20-9, 3-1 MIAA) have won six straight in a five-day span.
Morris (11-5) was the victor in both games. She retired the Bulldogs (12-13, 0-4) in order in both the seventh and eighth innings of game one and allowed six Truman players to reach base in all of game two. Morris struck out four in her third shut out this season and 12th of her career.
Truman had 10 hits in 55 at bats Wednesday (.182), nine of which were singles.
Northwest needed just three hits to win the opener. The Bearcats' first hit didn't come until the fifth inning when Erin Leslie scored a pair with a one-out single. Cortney Channell made it 3-1 Northwest with a base hit later in the inning.
The Bulldogs scored a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to knot the game at 3-3. Megan Simpson and Kaila Ballard drew walks to start the Bearcats' eighth inning. Two fly outs later, Graham drove a 3-1 pitch down the left field line that scored Simpson with the go-ahead run.
Casey Carper led off game two with a single and later scored on a Truman miscue. She tripled and scored in the seventh to make it 3-0. Carper has seven triples this season, two shy of the program record.
Hessel hit a solo shot, her third of the season, with one out in the seventh inning that made it 2-0. Carper's triple came two batters later.
Carper also had a defensive gem in the nightcap, gunning Christen Belcher at the plate in the bottom of the first for an inning-ending double play. Belcher was trying to score on a fly ball by Dani Mayer.
Kali Holleran led off the bottom of the sixth with a double for the Bulldogs and later advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Morris pulled through against the heart of the order and struck out Rebekah Shea in between fly balls to end the inning.
Next Up: Northwest, in the midst of a 17-game road swing, continues MIAA play against Pittsburg State Saturday and nationally-ranked Emporia State Sunday.
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