March 31, 2009
Three Homers Not Enough Against Pittsburg State
PITTSBURG, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State smacked three home runs and pounded out 20 hits Tuesday, but dropped a pair of games against Pittsburg State at PSU's Softball Complex. Scores went 9-6 and 6-4.
Amber Corkins, Tiffany Carter and Sarah Saladino each went deep Tuesday, driving in two-thirds of the Bearcats' runs. Carter went 4-for-8 during the twin bill while Corkins finished 3-for-6. Both drove in three runs.
Corkins' three-run shot down the leftfield line tied game one at 4-4 in the fourth inning. It was the second homer for Corkins this season and fourth in her two years at Northwest.
The Gorillas responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning and tacked on four more in the fifth to secure the win. Maria Bernal's two-run double fueled the Pittsburg State rally.
Carter's two-run blast to right tied game two at 3-3 in the fifth inning. Jessica Jones answered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to give the Gorillas a 5-3 lead.
Saladino led off the sixth inning with her fourth home run of the season to bring the Bearcats within a run. Northwest then placed runners on first and second with no outs. Jennifer Bohle popped out trying to sacrifice the runners over and Erin Leslie flew into a double play to end the inning.
Pittsburg State pitcher Melissa Slayden, who went the distance in game one, came on in relief in the fifth inning of game two. Slayden worked around an error in the final inning before moving through the heart of the Bearcat order to secure her second win of the day.
Northwest outfielder Jenna Smith had three hits Tuesday, including a triple in game one - the first of her collegiate career. Bohle went 2-for-3 in the nightcap and is hitting a team-best .462 in MIAA play. Bohle has improved her batting average by more than 50 points in her last six games.
Next Up: After 32 games, Northwest returns to Maryville and will play its home opener Friday against Washburn. The Bearcats entire home slate consists of seven consecutive doubleheaders spanning April 3-18.
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