April 9, 2010
Bearcats Rebound to Split With Tigers
HAYS, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State responded from a 14-0 shellacking in game one to take a 6-4 decision in game two and garner a split with Fort Hays State Friday at Tiger Stadium. The win ended a five-game skid for the Bearcats (16-14, 3-5 MIAA) in conference play.
Northwest managed one hit in the opener and was held scoreless for the first time in 51 games dating back to last season. Tiger pitcher Kayla Rupa struck out seven in the five-inning contest to improve to 9-5 on the season. A Dacey Hassey single in the second and a walk issued to Nikki Povero in the third were Rupa's lone blemishes.
The Bearcats wasted little time in ending the scoreless streak in game two. Hailee Hendricks tripled and scored and Erin Leslie doubled and scored in the top of the first before Northwest could send five hitters to the plate.
Fort Hays State, which managed 15 hits in game one, went hitless in five innings against Northwest starter Nicole Ackelson in game two. Ackelson retired the first 10 Tiger batters before Maddie Holub reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the fourth.
Ackelson issued her only walk in the fifth inning and took a no-hitter and a 6-0 lead into the sixth. Rupa, who started game two in right field, ended Ackelson's no-hit bid in the sixth with a leadoff single to left field.
The Tigers reeled off four consecutive hits and cut the lead to 6-3 before Jenna Creger relieved Ackelson. Fort Hays State added one more run in the sixth, but Creger recorded the final six outs to earn her first collegiate save. Ackelson improved to 7-3 and has won six of her last seven decisions.
Rachael Schmitz drove in three runs in the nightcap for the Bearcats. Hendricks finished with two triples and scored twice. Lauren Chatigny went 3-for-3 in game two and also scored two runs.
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