March 13, 2009
Carter Laces Homer, 3 Doubles Friday
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State senior Tiffany Carter pounded out four hits including her fourth home run of the season and three doubles as the Bearcats split a pair of games to open the Pittsburg State Tournament Friday. Northwest lost 7-3 to NAIA-power Oklahoma City in the opener before taking down the host-Gorillas 6-4 in the nightcap.
Carter, who led the Bearcats with 18 RBIs heading into the weekend, added three more in her 4-for-6 effort Friday. Of her 19 hits this season, 13 have driven in a run.
Oklahoma City (15-1) and Northwest (6-13) each scored two runs in the first inning and another in the third. Carter's 11th home run as a Bearcat, a solo shot, tied the game at 3-3.
The Stars added two more runs in the fourth and seventh innings while pitcher Bianca Bryant held the Bearcats without a hit in four consecutive innings to close the game.
Northwest scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to a 5-1 lead against Pittsburg State (12-8) in game two. The Bearcats had five of their eight hits in the inning and sent 10 batters to the plate. Amber Corkins and Jennifer Bohle drove in the final two runs of the inning with two-out singles.
Surprisingly, Carter didn't drive in a run in the first inning. Her RBI double scored Erin Leslie from first base in the second inning to extend the lead to 6-1.
Pitcher Cola Krueger (3-6) allowed two runs and four hits through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Four of the first five Gorilla batters singled in the seventh to close the gap to 6-4. Kelsey Resa replaced Krueger with one out and runners on first and second and got Pittsburg State's No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to fly out to end the game.
It was the second career save for Resa, who pitched the first four innings against Oklahoma City.
Krueger earned her 43rd career win, moving her into a tie for second place on Northwest's all-time list with Shelly MacDonald. Krueger stands 10 wins behind Michele Ansley, who won 53 games from 1997-2000.
Northwest continues play in Pittsburg Saturday with games against Bellevue, Fort Hays State and Missouri Southern. Game one begins at 10 a.m.
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