April 8, 2009
Rockhurst Rallies For Win at Bearcat Field
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State saw a 4-1 lead trumped by a five-run outburst by Rockhurst, which went on to win a 7-5 contest Wednesday at Bearcat Field.
The Hawks scored five runs on five hits in the top of the fifth inning and capitalized on two Northwest miscues in the process. The Bearcats loaded the bases in the both the fifth and seventh innings, but mustered one run.
Bearcat first baseman Tiffany Carter went deep for the fourth time in eight games and for the ninth time this season. She also walked twice and drove in three runs, giving her 41 on the year.
Only four players have hit 10 or more home runs during a season in program history. Carter is eight RBIs shy of tying her own single-season record.
Northwest third baseman Amber Corkins hit safely for the eighth time in nine games and is batting .435 in that span. Corkins doubled in a run in the bottom of the seventh and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Rockhurst trailed 4-3 with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the fifth when Kelli Vanderwell skied a fly ball that was dropped in shallow right field. Instead of taking the easy force out at second, Northwest threw across the field to try to get the force out at third, but failed to record an out.
Two batters later, Megan Abney lined a shot off Northwest pitcher Kelsey Resa, which tied the game at 4-4. Resa walked off on her own power, but did not return.
Cola Krueger reentered for Northwest and gave up a two-run single to Lindsay Williams, which gave the Hawks their first lead at 6-4.
With Resa's injury, and because Northwest's third pitcher was not available Wednesday to visit an ailing relative, the two teams agreed not to play the second game of a scheduled doubleheader.
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