Feb. 27, 2010
Northwest Rallies for Two Wins Saturday
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State bounced back from a 17-2 loss to 12th-ranked Nebraska-Omaha to earn a pair of 9-8 wins against Missouri S&T and Oklahoma Panhandle State Saturday on day two of the Pittsburg State/Missouri Southern Crossover Tournament at Four Seasons Sports Complex. The Bearcats (5-6) are 3-1 in tournament play heading into Sunday's finale against Northeastern State (9 a.m.).
Northwest junior catcher Kristen Hessel hit safely in all three games and finished 6-of-9 with three doubles, a home run and four RBIs. She had three hits including two doubles in the team's win against Missouri S&T and delivered a one-out double in the top of the seventh inning against Oklahoma that gave Northwest its 9-8 lead.
Freshman shortstop Nicole Povero also had six hits Saturday including a 4-for-5 effort in the team's win against Missouri S&T. She drove in two runs and scored twice against the Miners. Povero has three multi-hit games this season.
Sophomore pitcher Nicole Ackelson responded from a tough start in the opening game to save game two for starter Morgan Brunmeier and then pitched the final four innings of game three, striking out five to earn the win.
Missouri S&T scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and had runners on first and second before Ackelson got Maggie Schroeder to fly out to center field to end the game. Brunmeier struck out four in six-and-one-third innings to earn her first collegiate victory.
Northwest committed six errors in game three against Oklahoma and trailed 8-7 heading into the final inning. Bearcat second baseman Erin Leslie began the seventh with a triple and scored the tying run on a base hit by Dacey Hassey. Hassey was 3-for-3 against the Aggies including a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Brittany Baudler pinch ran for Hassey and was bunted to second before Hessel drove a shot into center field to plate the go-ahead run. Ackelson worked around a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to get the win.
Leslie scored her 119th career run Saturday and stands two shy of Lindsay Stephenson's career mark set in 2007. Leslie had an eight-game hitting streak snapped against Nebraska-Omaha, but leads the team with a .405 batting average.
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