March 29, 2010
Daugherty's Walk-Off Slam Caps Sweep of Southern
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State right fielder Kit Daugherty's walk-off grand slam capped a six-run, seventh inning for the Bearcats and completed a doubleheader sweep of Missouri Southern Monday at Bearcat Field. Scores went 11-10 and 14-10. Northwest (14-9, 2-0 MIAA) has won eight in a row and 13 of its last 17 overall.
The two teams combined for 57 hits and 10 home runs on a day when 20 mile per hour winds blew straight out to center field. Four players got their first home runs of the season and each starting position player on both teams hit safely during the twin bill.
Northwest erased an 8-3 deficit in game one by scoring in each of the final four innings. Rachael Schmitz hit a three-run homer during a five-run, fifth inning that gave the Bearcats a 9-8 lead. Dawn Grass put the Lions back in front with a two-run homer in the sixth. Dacey Hassey tied it at 10 with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth.
Northwest third baseman Hailee Hendricks led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and was bunted to third before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch. Bearcat Nicole Ackelson pitched five innings in relief to earn her fifth win of the season.
A three-run homer by Nikki Povero helped Northwest to a 5-0 lead in game two. Missouri Southern had eight hits and scored seven runs in the top of the third, then added two more in the fourth to lead 9-5.
Northwest trailed 10-8 entering its final at bat. Hassey led off the inning with a double and scored on Povero's base hit to right. Lauren Chatigny singled and Kristen Hessel tied the game on a base hit to left.
The Lions (9-21-1, 0-4) intentionally walked Kaila Ballard to load the bases and got Schmitz to fly out to short for the first out of the inning. Daugherty drilled a 1-0 fastball up and over the center field wall to complete the comeback. It was Daugherty's second round tripper of the season.
Northwest has averaged 10.5 runs and has had no fewer than 11 hits during its eight-game win streak. Hendricks is batting .583 and Povero .542 during the run while enjoying hitting streaks of 12 and 13 games, respectively. Erin Leslie saw a 13-game hit streak end in game two Monday following an 0-for-3 performance that included two line shots straight at the center fielder.
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