March 6, 2009
Win Streak Halted Friday in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State saw its three-game win streak come to a halt after dropping its opening games Friday at the Teri (Mathis) Zenner Memorial Tournament hosted by Missouri Southern.
MIAA-newcomer Nebraska-Omaha scored five runs in the seventh inning to earn an 8-3 win against the Bearcats in the morning session. Northwest lost 1-0 to Cameron Friday evening, marking the first time the Bearcats have been shutout in 30 games dating back to last season.
Tiffany Carter had three hits on the day and drove in her team-leading 18th run. Carter cut Nebraska-Omaha's lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning and the Bearcats tied the game on a two-run single by Erin Leslie in the sixth. A leadoff walk and back-to-back errors helped the Mavericks post five runs in the top of the seventh.
Ashton McBride allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four to lead Cameron in the circle in game two. Carter, Casey Carper and Sarah Saladino posted singles for the Bearcats and Carper was the only Northwest player to reach second base.
Kelsey Resa (1-4) pitched out of several jams to keep her team within striking distance. The Aggies stranded a runner in all six innings and stranded two runners in five. McBride singled and scored on a one-out single by Amy Ribble in the fourth inning for the game's lone run.
Northwest (5-9) continues play in Joplin with three games on the docket Saturday. The Bearcats open with nationally-ranked, NAIA-member Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. Northwest faces in-state foes Missouri S&T and Drury at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
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