April 5, 2008
So Close; Northwest Drops Two One-Run Games
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State came up a run short in both its games against Pittsburg State today at the PSU Softball Complex. The Gorillas swept the MIAA doubleheader 4-3 in eight innings and 11-10, effectively ending the Bearcats' six-game winning streak.
Both wins came in walk-off fashion.
Haley Deaton plated game one's winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth. That came after the Gorillas had tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Lori Lockhart became the hero of game two after driving in Alysha Fivecoats from second with a double to right centerfield. The Gorillas trailed 7-3 and 10-6 in the nightcap, but scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth before winning it in the seventh.
Despite playing without lead-off hitter Erin Leslie Saturday, the Bearcats had their chances to win both games.
Northwest was one out away in game one, but an error on a groundball in the infield allowed the tying runs to score. Northwest had two outs and a 10-7 lead in the sixth inning of game two, but two walks, three wild pitches and a throwing error led to three runs to make it 10-10.
Offensively, the Bearcats pounded out 22 hits in the twin bill and hit four home runs.
Tiffany Carter, Cortney Channell and Megan Simpson each hit solo shots to account for Northwest's three runs in game one. Amber Corkins cracked a solo shot to get the Bearcats on the board in the fourth inning of game two. Corkins doubled in her next two at bats and drove in three runs in the nightcap.
Casey Carper drove in two runs in the fifth inning with a triple, her eighth this season and seventh in the last 13 games. She needs one more to tie the Bearcats' single-season record.
Northwest scored six runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to take a 10-6 lead. Lindsay Birchfield homered with one out in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-7.
It was one of three hits in the inning for the Gorillas, who managed to score four runs.
Up Next: Northwest continues conference play this weekend with a noon doubleheader against No. 22 Emporia State Sunday in Emporia, Kan.
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