April 3, 2010
Northwest Loses Early Leads to Washburn
TOPEKA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State scored the first two runs of game one and the first six runs of game two but couldn't come away with a win in a doubleheader against Washburn Saturday at the Lady Blues' softball complex. Scores went 7-2 and 13-8.
The loss in game one ended a season-best eight-game win streak by the Bearcats (14-11, 2-2 MIAA). The two runs are the lowest scored by Northwest in 15 games.
Four Northwest errors led to four unearned runs and spurred the Lady Blues' comeback in the opener. Washburn scored two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Kayla Long limited the Bearcats to five hits and had three strikeouts in her complete-game effort in the circle.
Northwest scored four runs with two outs in the first inning of game two, then got a single from Rachael Schmitz and a double by Nikki Povero that led to two scores in inning two and a 6-0 lead.
Washburn answered with seven runs on eight hits in the bottom of the second. The teams combined for 17 hits in the first two innings of the nightcap.
An RBI single by Erin Leslie and a bases-loaded walk helped Northwest regain the lead, 9-8, in the top of the fourth. Washburn took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom half of the inning and Lindsey Moore tacked on a two-run homer in the sixth for the final runs.
In two games, Northwest and Washburn combined for 30 runs on 49 hits including 13 doubles. Alex Zordel was 5-for-8 with two RBIs to lead the Lady Blues Saturday. Schmitz, Leslie and Kit Daugherty had three hits each to pace the Bearcats.
Povero and fellow freshman Hailee Hendricks saw hitting streaks of 13 and 12 games, respectively, come to an end in game one. Povero batted .490 and Hendricks hit .478 during the streaks. Schmitz and Daugherty will take eight-game hitting streaks into Sunday's doubleheader against Emporia State in Emporia, Kan.
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