March 21, 2009
Resa Shuts Out Upper Iowa to Highlight Day One
ST. JOSEPH, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State sophomore pitcher Kelsey Resa earned her first collegiate shutout and set a new career-high for strikeouts in the process as the Bearcats topped Upper Iowa 4-0 in the second game of Missouri Western's Softball Classic Saturday. Northwest fell 9-1 against Concordia-St. Paul in the opener.
Resa retired the first seven batters she faced and sat down nine of 10 between innings 3-6. She allowed four hits, walked none and had eight strikeouts. The Peacocks lone extra-base hit came on a double in the final inning.
Resa's performance comes one week after sustaining an arm injury on a line drive last weekend in Joplin, Mo. Saturday was Resa's second game back since.
Erin Leslie tripled and scored to open the scoring in the third. Tiffany Carter and Kristin Hessel each drove in a run during a three-run, fifth inning.
Carter had one of Northwest's four hits in the loss to Concordia-St. Paul Saturday morning to extend her career-long hitting streak to 10 games. The streak ended following an 0-for-2 performance against Upper Iowa, though she did lay down two successful squeeze bunts that scored two runs. Carter leads the Bearcats with 31 RBIs and a .361 batting average.
Cola Krueger took the loss in the opener, but tied Kelly Morris as Northwest's all-time leader in strikeouts. Krueger and Morris, a 2008 graduate, now head the list with 320 strikeouts each.
Krueger and the Bearcats (9-19) continue play at Missouri Western Sunday with a noon match with Quincy followed by a 4 p.m. contest with Wayne State.
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