May 5, 2010
Northwest, Truman Split To End Regular Season
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game one, Truman led 5-0 in game two and both teams held on to earn a split in the regular season finale Wednesday at Truman Softball Field. Scores went 6-5 and 5-3.
Both teams have qualified for the MIAA tournament which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in Overland Park, Kan. Northwest (25-22, 9-11 MIAA) will be the six seed and will take on third-seeded Missouri Western. Truman (22-31, 9-11) will be the seven seed and will take on second-seeded Nebraska-Omaha.
The other first-round match-ups pit top-seeded Emporia State against eighth-seeded Washburn. Fort Hays State and Central Missouri will meet in the 4-5 game.
The Bearcats had a chance to be the three seed after beating the Bulldogs in game one, but Ashley Rotkvich pitched six shutout innings to recover in game two for Truman. Rotkvich retired 15 consecutive batters before allowing a home run to Erin Leslie to begin the seventh inning.
Dacey Hassey followed Leslie with a single and Lauren Chatigny doubled to make it 5-2. Richelle vanGennip replaced Rotkvich at that point and immediate surrendered a single to Kristen Hessel to make it 5-3. vanGennip retired the next three batters to earn her fourth save of the season.
Hailee Hendricks, Hassey and Chatigny each homered during a four-run third inning in game one that put Northwest up 6-0. Truman answered with a run in the bottom of the third but still trailed by five heading into the final inning.
Northwest pitcher Morgan Brunmeier replaced starter Jenna Creger to begin the sixth inning of the opener and retired the side in order. But the first three Bulldogs reached base in the seventh inning and Creger reentered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Creger got two pop outs, then surrendered a two-run single to vanGennip to make it 6-3. Creger struck out pinch-hitter Stephanie Sexton for the final out.
Creger allowed seven hits, had seven strikeouts and walked one to improve her record to 12-12. Chatigny finished 4-for-6 Wednesday with two doubles and her first collegiate homer. Leslie hit her eighth home run of the season and finished 3-for-7.
The Bearcats finished the regular season in a tie with Truman for sixth place in the MIAA standings, one game back of a trio teams. Leslie led the team with a .400 batting average and five home runs in 20 conference games. Hassey was right behind at .397 with two homers and eight RBIs.
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