May 6, 2011
Season ends at MIAA tourney; Creger sets K's record
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State softball's season concluded following extra-inning losses to Missouri Southern and Washburn Friday on day one of the MIAA Tournament hosted by Blue Valley Recreational Complex. Scores were 3-2 in nine innings and 4-0 in eight innings, respectively.
Northwest sophomore pitchers Jenna Creger and Morgan Brunmeier combined to allow one earned run in more than 15 innings pitched, but seven errors defensively and just nine hits offensively led to the Bearcats' demise. Northwest finishes with a 25-19 record.
Solo home runs in back-to-back at bats by senior right fielder Kit Daugherty accounted for all of Northwest's scoring. She was 3-for-7 at the plate Friday, upped her average to a team-best .382 and finishes the season with a team-high eight homers.
Creger (15-10) pitched the opener against Missouri Southern, threw her 19th complete game of the season and struck out seven to set a Northwest single-season record. Her 150 punch-outs are three more than Kelly Morris finished with in 2008.
Missouri Southern (32-20), the tournament's four seed, answered Daugherty's homers with an unearned run in both the third and sixth innings. The Bearcats committed two errors in each frame. Lion center fielder Breanna Volkmann led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, moved to third on a ground out by Madison Reed and scored the winning run on a base hit by Jessica Brooks.
Washburn catcher Hilary Weatherford hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Bearcats in an elimination game. Her at bat was extended when Northwest dropped a foul ball. The previous hitter, Brittny Cushing, reached base when Daugherty dropped a fly ball. The miscue would have been the second out of the inning, but instead loaded the bases for Weatherford.
Northwest managed four singles off Washburn pitcher Danielle Fox, who struck out 13 and faced four more than the minimum.
The Bearcats were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position Friday and 0-for-6 with a runner on third base. Northwest had runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth inning against Missouri Southern and failed to score a run. The Bearcats faced the same situation in the sixth inning against Washburn, but two strikeouts and a line out to right ended the threat.
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