April 16, 2010
Northwest Takes Two of First Day of Tourney
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State improved to 4-0 at home this season after winning two games on the first day of the MIAA North Crossover Tournament Friday on Northwest's campus. The Bearcats beat Missouri Southern 4-3 in the opener and topped Central Missouri 3-1 in the nightcap.
All 11 MIAA teams were in action on three fields - Northwest's Bearcat Field and two at Donaldson Park. Northwest and Washburn both went 2-0 on the day. Nebraska-Omaha ended fourth-ranked Emporia State's 23-game winning streak in its only game. Southwest Baptist finished 2-1.
The Bearcats (19-16) won both of their games in come-from-behind fashion. Senior Erin Leslie hit a two-run home run during a four-run sixth inning against Missouri Southern. Freshman Hailee Hendricks roped a two-run double during a three-run fifth inning against Central Missouri. Both innings wiped out one-run deficits.
Leslie went 3-for-6 on the day including her 17th career home run. Leslie tied Katy John for second place on Northwest's all-time hits list with 192. Kendra Smith is the program's all-time leader with 237.
Nicole Ackelson (8-4) scattered 12 hits in six-and-one-third innings against Missouri Southern. Morgan Brunmeier recorded the final two outs to earn her third save of the season. Brunmeier got Natalie Nelson to line out to second base with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Freshman Jenna Creger (8-10) hurled her seventh complete game of the season against Central Missouri. Creger allowed eight hits and struck out five with no walks. Northwest pitchers had 10 strikeouts and issued no free passes in 14 innings of work Friday.
Northwest returns to the field Saturday to host Pittsburg State (16-21-1) and Emporia State (35-8). Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
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