May 6, 2010
Softball Advances to Day Two of MIAA Tourney
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Erin Leslie had five hits and Hailee Hendricks broke Northwest Missouri State's single-season doubles record to highlight day one of the MIAA Tournament Thursday at Blue Valley Sports Complex.
The Bearcats lost 6-2 to Missouri Western in round one, but rebounded to beat Truman 6-4 in an elimination game in the nightcap. Northwest (26-23), the sixth seed, will face fifth-seeded Fort Hays State in another elimination contest Friday at 11 a.m.
Leslie went 2-for-3 with a walk in game one and 3-for-4 in game two. Two of her hits were doubles. Leslie is riding a nine-game hitting streak and has upped her average to .453 - fourth-best in program history. She's hit safely in 43 of 49 games this season.
Hendricks tied Northwest's single-season record holder Sara Moss with her 17th double of the season back on April 17. She passed Moss Friday with a shot off the wall in the top of the first inning against Truman. Hendricks leads the MIAA in doubles per game this season.
Jenna Creger started both games in the circle for Northwest and had 12 strikeouts against zero walks in 11-and-two-thirds innings of work. The Bearcat defense didn't help her much as the team committed eight errors, including five against Truman.
Northwest led the Bulldogs 6-0 heading into the sixth inning, but Truman scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and cut the lead to 6-3 with one out and two on in the seventh.
Nicole Ackelson relieved Creger and left fielder Kit Daugherty made a diving catch on a foul ball for the second out of the inning. Katie Pitts singled to make it 6-4, but Ackelson got Alex Weber to pop up to the catcher to end the game. It was the second save of the season for Ackelson.
Nikki Povero led off game two with her second home run of the season. Rachel Schmitz hit a two-run shot in the fourth that put Northwest up 5-0. It was the fourth homer of the season for Schmitz. Dacey Hassey plated the Bearcats' final run with an RBI single later in the inning. Hassey had two hits and drove in two runs against Truman.
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