May 9, 2008
Morris Breaks Strikeout Record in Season Finale
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State senior pitcher Kelly Morris broke the program's single-season strikeout record during an 8-1 loss to Nebraska-Omaha Friday night in an elimination game at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships.
Morris entered the contest in the second inning and struck out four to up her season total to 147, three more than the total posted by Jennifer Spencer in 1995.
Morris finished her three-year career at Northwest with 320 strikeouts - the most by any pitcher in Bearcat history. Her 41 career wins are the third-most in program history.
The Bearcats (32-22) finish their 2008 campaign after totaling the fourth-most victories in team history and after making the program's fourth NCAA tournament appearance.
Tiffany Carter had two of Northwest's four hits. She singled with one out in the top of the fourth before being lifted for pinch runner Lindsey Roorda. Roorda moved to second on a ground ball from Cortney Channell and scored her team's only run a base hit down the leftfield line by Kaila Ballard.
Nebraska-Omaha (44-12), which was blanked 1-0 by top-seeded Emporia State earlier in the evening, scored six runs in the first two innings and took advantage of a Northwest team forced to wait until after 9 p.m. to play its first game of the day.
Leslie Svoboda and Brianna Cataudella each homered during a five-run second inning for the Mavericks. Melissa Negrete (14-3) went the distance in the circle and struck out four.
Casey Carper finished with a batting average of .411 - the sixth-best performance in program history. Erin Leslie's 49 runs scored are the second-most in program history. Northwest hit .285 as a team and outscored its opponents 281-227 on the year.
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