April 5, 2011
Northwest, UNO split pair of 1-0 games
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State pitcher Morgan Brunmeier and Nebraska Omaha pitcher Beth Haley threw complete-game shutouts as the MIAA's two first-place teams split a pair of 1-0 games Tuesday at Bearcat Field.
Haley (13-3) allowed one hit in game one - a second-inning single by Kristen Uthe - and pitched her fourth consecutive shutout. Last year's MIAA Pitcher of the Year, Haley struck out eight and walked one.
UNO second baseman Ashley Lynch doubled and scored on a two-out single by pinch hitter Lindsay Redding in the fifth inning of the opener. The Mavericks (30-6, 7-1 MIAA) had five hits off Northwest starter Jenna Creger, who struck out seven and walked none.
Northwest right fielder Kit Daugherty grounded out three times against Haley and saw her 19-game hitting streak ended. Daugherty batted .468 during the streak with five home runs, 17 RBIs and a team-best 23 runs scored. She had two hits or more in 13 of the 19 games.
It was Daugherty who scored the lone run in game two. She laced a single to right field off Maverick starter Lindsay Slocum to begin the bottom of the first. Cassie Curtis' infield single moved Daugherty to second and Hailee Hendricks followed with an RBI single to center field.
Hendricks and Curtis stood on second and third with nobody out in the inning, but Slocum struck out Kristen Hessel, got Dacey Hassey to pop out to first and struck out Uthe to get out of the inning. Slocum (8-2) retired 18 consecutive batters after allowing singles to the first three batters she faced.
Despite the feat, it wasn't good enough against Brunmeier (9-2) who sat down 15 of the first 16 hitters she faced. Brunmeier worked around a bunt single by Emma Wright to get out of the sixth. An error and a single by Slocum put the tying run in scoring position in the seventh, but Brunmeier got Alli Hukill to ground out to second and got Lynch to fly out to second to end the game.
Brunmeier allowed three hits, had a strikeout and walked nobody to claim her fourth shutout of the season. She threw just 51 pitches.
Northwest (19-9, 8-2 MIAA) continues league play Friday and Saturday with home doubleheaders against Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, respectively.
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