March 7, 2010
Softball Nets Two Wins at MSSU Tournament
JOPLIN, Mo.-Freshman shortstop Nicole Povero pounded out 10 hits and senior second baseman Erin Leslie drove in nine runs to highlight Northwest Missouri State performances at Missouri Southern's Zenner Memorial Classic Softball Tournament during the weekend. The Bearcats (8-9) lost their first three games before rebounding to take their last two.
Northwest scored 30 runs during the five games and batted .322 as a team. Povero hit safely in all five games and left Joplin with a nine-game hitting streak. Povero had two doubles, four RBIs and scored five runs during tournament play.
Leslie left Joplin with an eight-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 16 of 17 games this season. She hit .421 (8-for-19) at the Zenner Classic with a double, two triples and a three-run homer. She led the Bearcats with nine RBIs and six runs scored in five games.
Freshman Hailee Hendricks has Northwest's third hitting streak of at least eight games. She batted .444 (8-for-18) with five extra base hits, three RBIs and five runs scored. Hendricks, Leslie and Povero each stole two bases during the weekend.
Sophomore pitcher Nicole Ackelson led the Bearcat staff with a 1-0 record and a 2.15 ERA. Ackelson combined for 13 innings pitched in three games and held opponents to a .288 batting average.
A brief summary of Northwest's five games follows:
Northeastern State 5, Northwest 3
Two Northwest errors led to five unearned runs for Northeastern State in the second inning of the Riverhawks' win. Kylie Morton's two-run single in the inning provided the team's lone RBIs. Northwest stranded a runner on third base in five innings and stranded 10 runners in all. Lauren Chatigny had two hits for the Bearcats, including a two-run triple that made it 5-3 in the sixth inning.
Pittsburg State 6, Northwest 5
The Gorillas built a 6-1 lead and held on to beat the Bearcats 6-5. Lori Lockhart had three hits and drove in half of Pittsburg State's runs. Nicole Ackelson pitched four-and-one-thirds innings of scoreless relief for Northwest and retired 13 of the 15 batters she faced. Erin Leslie's bases-clearing triple highlighted a four-run fourth inning for Northwest that made it 6-5. The Bearcats placed the tying run on third base with out in the sixth, but two strikeouts ended the threat.
No. 21 Midwestern State 7, Northwest 4
Northwest led the 21st-ranked Mustangs 4-2 in the fifth inning, but surrendered five unearned runs in a 7-4 loss. Erin Leslie had a two-run double and later scored in the fourth inning to give the Bearcats their lead. The Mustangs got an unearned run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to complete the comeback. Megan Chartier was 4-or-4 with three runs for Midwestern State and Courtney Bingham was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nicole Povero had three hits to lead the Bearcats.
Northwest 9, Oklahoma City 4
Erin Leslie hit a three-run home run during a seven-run fifth inning to lead the Bearcats past Oklahoma City. Hailee Hendricks added an RBI double during the rally. Northwest had seven hits during the inning. Starter Morgan Brunmeier (2-1) went the distance in the circle for Northwest to earn her second win of the season. Brunmeier allowed seven hits and three earned runs. Lily LaVelle hit a two-run homer for the Stars in the seventh inning.
Northwest 9, Missouri Southern 6
A six-run sixth inning highlighted by Nicole Povero's bases-loaded triple gave the Bearcats a 9-6 lead and completed the comeback against Missouri Southern. Povero had three hits and scored twice during the contest. Hailee Hendricks and Erin Leslie also drove in runs during the sixth. Krista Bomak and Megan Roark had three hits to pace the Lions, who scored four runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Rachel Schmitz was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Northwest.
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