Feb. 27, 2011
Northwest breaks even at Southern's Border Battle
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's softball team earned two wins Saturday, but dropped a pair Sunday to finish 2-2 at Missouri Southern's Border Battle Tournament. The Bearcats are 4-4 overall.
Northwest out-scored Saturday opponents Drury and Cameron by a combined score of 19-3 only to be out-scored 18-3 collectively by Quincy and Southeastern Oklahoma State Sunday.
Kristen Hessel went 6-for-12 at the tournament with three doubles and six RBIs. Hailee Hendricks drove in six runs in the opening game against Drury - one shy of a program record - and finished the tournament 5-for-13 with four doubles and eight RBIs.
Morgan Brunmeier allowed a lead-off single to Cameron shortstop Jessica Orr in game two Saturday. It turned out to be the lone hit the Aggies would get off the right-hander as Brunmeier tossed her second shutout in three starts this season. Brunmeier allowed one earned run in 11 innings during the Tournament.
A game-by-game capsule can be found below:
Northwest (3-2) 13, Drury (1-7) 3
The Bearcats scored 10 runs in their final two at bats to break a late 3-3 tie with Drury in the tournament's opening game. Angela Wright's first collegiate homer, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth, gave the Bearcats a 5-3 lead. Hendricks followed with a two-run double later in the inning and added a three-run double in the seventh. Hendricks was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs scored.
Northwest (4-2) 6, Cameron (6-11-1) 0
Brunmeier allowed one hit and retired 13 straight hitters at one point in shutting out Cameron. She struck out six and walked two in seven innings of work. Six of the first 10 batters Northwest sent to the plate scored, chasing Aggie starter Kelsy Hebert with one out in the bottom of the second. Hendricks and Hessel each provided RBI doubles.
Quincy (7-3) 5, Northwest (4-3) 0
Quincy starter Torie Bunzell allowed two hits and struck out 15 to shut-out Northwest in the first game of day two. Singles by Hessel and Dacey Hassey provided Northwest its only offense. A pair of Bearcat errors defensively helped the Hawks to a four-run sixth inning.
Southeastern Oklahoma State (14-7) 13, Northwest (4-4) 3
The Storm pounded out 21 hits and scored the game's first eight runs in the finale of the tournament. A bases-clearing double by Hessel in the bottom of the fifth inning extended the game only to see Southeastern add five runs in the seventh. Five Storm hitters finished with three hits or more. Christa Johnson and Sam Vrska drove in four runs each.
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