May 2, 2011
Northwest sweeps Lincoln to conclude regular season
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State wrapped up its regular season by taking two games from Lincoln Monday at Lincoln Softball Field. Scores went 3-0 and 5-2.
Northwest (25-17) finishes in a tie for fourth place in the MIAA standings with Missouri Southern at 14-8. Those two teams will meet in the first round of the conference tournament, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Blue Valley Recreational Complex in Overland Park, Kan. Northwest is 2-1 against Southern this season.
Lincoln (16-30) wraps up its first season of MIAA play with a ninth-place finish and with a 6-16 league record. The top eight teams are invited to the conference tournament.
Northwest sophomore Jenna Creger tossed a five-hit shutout in the opening game Monday to improve her record to 15-9. Creger struck out six and walked nobody. Her 143 strikeouts this season are four shy of the program record.
The Bearcats scored an unearned run in the fourth inning and tacked on two more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kristen Hessel and a base hit by Kristen Uthe. Dacey Hassey was 2-for-4 in the opener and scored in both innings.
Senior Kit Daugherty had three hits in the night cap. She singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. She had an RBI single and came around to score during a four-run third inning that put Northwest in front 5-0.
Daugherty hit a team-best .383 in conference play. She hit safely in all but three of the team's 22 conference games.
Lincoln made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth with three hits to begin the inning. Northwest pitcher Morgan Brunmeier then retired nine of the next 10 batters she faced to reach the seventh inning. Lincoln brought the tying run to the plate in its final at bat, but Brunmeier got Kati Snodgrass to fly out to center with two runners on to end the game.
Brunmeier (10-7) allowed seven hits, had a strikeout and didn't issue a walk. She's walked 24 batters in more than 125 innings this season and has the second-best ratio in the MIAA.
Northwest second baseman Hailee Hendricks went 4-for-7 during the twin bill and netted her 17th double of the season. She set a program record with 19 doubles a season ago.
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