April 29, 2011
Wind blows Northwest off course against Western
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Wind gusts near 40 miles per hour turned Bearcat Field into Home Run Derby as Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western combined for nine home runs during an MIAA doubleheader Friday. Missouri Western hit six of them and won by scores of 11-1 and 7-6.
The Griffons (36-11, 16-4 MIAA) got six hits each from Brittany Douglas and Keri Lorbert, who combined to out-hit Northwest 12-10 during the twin bill. Douglas was 5-for-5 in game one with two home runs, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Lorbert was 3-for-3 and reached base four times in game two.
Missouri Western roughed up Northwest starter Jenna Creger for 18 hits and 11 earned runs in the opener. Seven of the runs came on five homers including one from Maegan Roemmich - her first of the season - and one from Blair Stalder - her second. Creger (14-8) had allowed four home runs all season before throwing into Friday's jet stream.
Creger's counterpart, Jackie Bishop, had little trouble with the wind. Bishop retired the first nine batters she faced and when Northwest placed the first two batters on base in the fourth, she struck out three in a row to end the inning. Bishop (22-3) took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up two doubles which led to Northwest's only run.
Kit Daugherty (6), Kristen Hessel (6) and Dacey Hassey (3) each homered for the Bearcats (23-15, 12-6) in game two, but all three were solo shots. Ashley Hudson went 3-for-3 in the nightcap for the Griffons including a two-run blast in the second that gave Missouri Western a 3-1 lead. Hudson also singled and scored during a three-run sixth inning that gave the Griffons a 7-3 advantage.
Six walks issued by Jonnelle Belger forced Missouri Western coach Jen Bagley to go back to Bishop in the sixth inning of game two. After Belger walked the first three batters, Bagley got back-to-back strikeouts, allowed a two-run single to Daugherty and struck out Lauren Chatigny to hold the lead at 7-5. Bagley allowed a homer to Hassey in the seventh, but held on for her first save of the season.
Daugherty and Hessel combined for six of Northwest's 10 hits during the twin bill. No other Bearcat had more than one.
Not found in the box score, but worth noting, was the stellar defense turned in by Northwest freshman third baseman Kristen Uthe who turned the hot corner into a freezer Friday. Uthe fielded 10 ground balls during the two games, turned a 5-3 double play in game two and stretched to reach multiple balls hit in the whole that looked to be sure base hits. Her RBI double in game one plated Northwest's only run.
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