April 10, 2009
Corkins' Walk-Off Single Beats Fort Hays State
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior third baseman Amber Corkins broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Fort Hays State Friday at Bearcat Field. The Tigers turned the tables in an 11-3 win in the nightcap.
It was the lone hit of the day for Corkins, who was hitting .400 in conference play heading into Friday's doubleheader. It was also Northwest's first walk-off hit since April 22 of last season.
Fort Hays State (24-23, 4-6 MIAA) tied the game in the top of the seventh on a solo shot by Alex Eaton, her fifth homer of the season.
Erin Leslie reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh, moved to third on a base hit by Jennifer Bohle and one out later scored on Corkins' hit through the left side of the infield.
Bohle had four hits and scored three runs during the twin bill. She also made several defensive gems and hasn't committed an error at the position in 10 games.
Tiffany Carter's grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning of game one gave the Bearcats a 4-2 lead. It was Carter's 10th home run of the season - tied for the third most in program history. She got her 45th RBI on the year in game two and is four shy of her record-setting mark turned in last season.
Fort Hays State got two hits and four RBIs from leadoff batter Sara Tani in game two and received a solo home run from Hallie McMillen, her third of the year. The Tigers pounded out 14 hits in the nightcap, doubling their total from game one.
Bohle and Megan Simpson each homered for the Bearcats in game two. Bohle hit a towering shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth. Simpson led off the second with her 26th career home run and is now one shy of Lindsay Stephenson for second place on the Bearcats' all-time list.
The Bearcats (12-31, 3-9) played without senior centerfielder Casey Carper, who may miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Resa was unavailable Friday after being struck in the head with a line drive Wednesday.
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