April 17, 2009
NW, TSU Combine For 31 Runs, 43 Hits During DH
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Spectators at Bearcat Field saw six home runs, 31 runners touch home plate and even a little bit of history Friday during an MIAA softball doubleheader between Northwest Missouri State and Truman. Northwest won the nightcap 12-11 after Truman took the opener 6-2.
The two teams combined for 43 hits during the twin bill. Truman, which entered the game hitting a league-low .220, went 24-for-60 (.400) Friday. The Bulldogs also smacked five home runs, doubling their combined total reached during the team's first 41 games.
Northwest, meanwhile, pounded out 19 hits in two games, including Tiffany Carter's 11th home run of the season. The blast came during a 3-for-3 effort in game two in which she drove in four runs. Carter, who leads the MIAA in RBIs, now has 49 this season, tying the program's single-season record which she set last season.
Both teams's left fielders shined at the plate. Northwest's Amanda Teshack had two hits in both games and scored three runs. Truman's Lindsey Rock went 5-for-6 with a double and her first homer of the season. Rock was batting .184 entering Friday's doubleheader.
Truman hit two home runs and scored five runs during the second inning of game one. Mary Manley led off the inning with a solo shot and Dani Mayer added a three-run homer. Kali Holleran had four hits Friday, including a fifth-inning, solo home run in the opener.
Game two featured 28 hits and six lead changes. Truman spread its 11 runs throughout innings 2-5. Northwest scored the first run, but needed five in the third, two in the fourth and four in fifth to erase deficits which included 5-1 and 11-8.
Carter delivered the game-winning runs with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth. Cola Krueger, who pitched a complete game in the opener, blanked the Bulldogs in the sixth and seventh innings to earn the victory in game two.
The split means Northwest (13-32, 4-10 MIAA) remains one game behind Fort Hays State for the eighth spot in the MIAA tournament. Truman (11-26, 3-11 MIAA) stands two games behind the Tigers, who were idle Friday.
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