Feb. 13, 2009
Softball Drops Two on Opening Day
EDMOND, Okla.-Central Oklahoma broke ties in the bottom of the sixth inning of two games to earn a doubleheader sweep of Northwest Missouri State Friday in the first games of the season for both teams. Scores went 8-2 and 5-4.
Central Oklahoma shortstop Alley Roberts' three-run homer capped a six-run, sixth-inning in game one. A solo shot from third baseman Autumn Brown in the sixth inning proved to be the gamewinner of game two. The Bronchos smacked three home runs in the twin bill and pounded out 18 hits.
Northwest scored in the top of the first inning in both games. Tiffany Carter, the team's third hitter of the season, gave Northwest a 2-0 lead with a two-run blast to right. Carter, a senior, hit seven home runs a year ago in her first season with the Bearcats. She drove in four of Northwest's six runs Friday.
Northwest's game one starter Cola Krueger pitched four scoreless innings before surrendering a two-run homer to Kelsey Tiger in the bottom of the fifth. Krueger was responsible for four of the six Central Oklahoma runs in the sixth.
A ground ball to the right side from Kristen Hessel scored Erin Leslie from third to give Northwest a 1-0 in the first inning of game two. Central Oklahoma responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and added another in the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Hits from Lauren Peters, Leslie and Casey Carper loaded the bases in the top of the fourth and Carter tied the game with a two-out, two-run single to right. Rachael Steverson entered the circle for Central Oklahoma and got Sarah Saladino to ground out to third to end the inning.
Kelsey Resa, the Bearcats' starter in game two, stranded a Broncho on third in the fourth inning and pitched around a two-out single in the fifth before surrendering the go-ahead run to Brown to start the sixth. Resa pitched her first collegiate complete game, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out one.
Carper, an all-region outfielder who led Northwest with a .411 average in 2008, began 2009 with a 5-for-8 effort. Carper and Leslie combined to score four of Northwest's six runs. Hessel and Peters each went 2-for-6. Peters and Jennifer Bohle, both freshmen, both picked up their first collegiate hits in their first collegiate starts.
Friday's and Saturday's schedules were switched due to wetness on the nearby high school field. Northwest was originally scheduled to play two against East Central Friday. That doubleheader will now take place Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
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