April 6, 2008
Bearcats First To Knock Off Hornets
EMPORIA, Kan.-Tiffany Graham had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help Northwest upset 22nd-ranked Emporia State, 7-5, Sunday in the second game of a twin bill at Turnbull Field.
Northwest (21-12, 4-4 MIAA) is the first team to beat the four-time defending MIAA champions in league play. Emporia State (26-13, 5-1) had won six games in a row following a 3-1 win in game one.
The Bearcats outhit the Hornets 17-12 on the day, but ran into the arm of Samantha Sheeley, who struck out 14 in the opener. Cola Krueger pitched a complete-game, three-hitter for Northwest. She gave up a two-run home run to Abby Smith in the second inning and a solo shot to Angela Mahan in the fifth.
Krueger (8-4) allowed just four hits on the day and earned the save in the nightcap, her first of the season.
Northwest beat up on Emporia State starter Megan Dennis in game two. The Bearcats had eight hits in 15 at bats against Dennis and scored four runs in the first four innings.
Cortney Channell had an RBI single in the first inning. Graham doubled in a run in the third and later scored on a base hit by Tiffany Carter to tie the game at 3-3. Amber Corkins was beamed with the bases loaded to give Northwest a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
The score was knotted at four entering the sixth inning. Janelle Krohn led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Lindsey Roorda, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jenna Smith.
Casey Carper plated Roorda with a one-out single off Sheeley and Graham followed with her third home run of the season. Graham drove in three runs in the nightcap and scored three times.
Kelly Morris (12-6) started game two and pitched into the seventh inning before being replaced by Krueger. Krueger entered with two on and one out. She got Miranda Campbell to fly out and, following an RBI single by April Huddleson, got Shelbe Hughes to ground out to Corkins to end the game.
Morris allowed eight hits and struck out four to pick up her 12th win of the season, tying her career high. Sheeley took the loss, falling to 13-5.
Carper had a team-best four hits in the twin bill and has hit safely in nine straight games. Kristen Hessel added three hits. The Bearcats played without the services of leadoff hitter Erin Leslie all weekend.
Up Next: Northwest takes on future MIAA-member and 14th-ranked Nebraska-Omaha Tuesday on the road. The games are the last of a 17-game road trip for the Bearcats. Game one in slated to start at 3 p.m.
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