March 6, 2011
Northwest wins final three in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's softball team rebounded from a late-inning loss to Central Oklahoma to win the final three games of Missouri Southern's Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial Softball Tournament which ran Saturday and Sunday. The Bearcats improved to 7-5.
Northwest hit four home runs and held a two-run lead against Central Oklahoma heading into the final inning of the opening game of the tournament. But the Bronchos strung together four consecutive hits including a three-run homer by Katelyn Rouppet to rally for an 8-6 win. The Bearcats are 0-3 against Central Oklahoma this season.
Northwest pitcher Jenna Creger suffered the loss in the opener, but rebounded to throw complete-game shutouts against Illinois-Springfield Saturday and against Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday. Creger struck out a career-high 10 batters in blanking Springfield 7-0 and allowed three hits during a five-inning, 11-0 win against Parkside. Creger is 4-3 this season.
Kit Daugherty and Kristen Hessel hit safely in all four games during the weekend, both smacked two home runs and both hit better than .460. Daugherty homered twice and drove in four runs in Northwest's loss to Central Oklahoma. Hessel homered in both games Saturday, scored in all four games and had five RBIs. She's batting .480 during a team-best, eight-game hitting streak.
A game-by-game capsule can be found below:
Central Oklahoma (8-5) 8, Northwest (4-5) 6
Central Oklahoma scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to steal an 8-6 win from Northwest in the opening game of the tournament. Daugherty hit two home runs and had four RBIs for the Bearcats and Hailee Hendricks and Kristen Hessel each hit solo shots to give Northwest a 6-4 advantage. Katelyn Rouppet's three-run homer with one out in the seventh was the winner for the Bronchos.
Northwest (5-5) 7, Illinois-Springfield (2-6) 0
Hessel's two-run homer in the top of the first inning was plenty of offense for Bearcat pitcher Jenna Creger, who had a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 7-0 win. Creger allowed six hits and stranded four runners on third base to pick up her third win of the season. Northwest scored four runs in the second and led 7-0 after three innings.
Northwest (6-5) 7, Missouri S&T (1-8) 6
Northwest trailed 6-0 after five innings, but scored a run in the sixth and six in the seventh to give head coach Ryan Anderson a win against his former team. A two-out, two-run single by Angela Wright completed the comeback and Morgan Brunmeier worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win. Cassie Curtis was 2-for-2, drew two walks and scored the tying run in the seventh for Northwest. Missouri S&T scored six unearned runs on four Bearcat errors.
Northwest (7-5) 11, Wisconsin-Parkside (0-3) 0 (5 innings)
Northwest scored three runs in the first and eight runs in the third to breeze by Wisconsin-Parkside. Hendricks had a single, double and a triple and drove in five runs. Dacey Hassey had an RBI single and an RBI double. Eight of Northwest's nine starters recorded a hit. Creger allowed a leadoff double followed by a single in the first inning, then retired 14 of the next 15 batters she faced to earn the shutout.
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