March 13, 2012
3 Schurman HRs lead ‘Cats to sweep
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State softball team used the four home runs to complete a sweep of Wayne State, 11-6 and 9-5 Tuesday in non-conference softball action from Bearcat Field.
After dropping their first four games of the season the Bearcats have won five of their last six games to improve to 11-9 on the year. Wayne State fell to 7-5 on the year with the sweep. Northwest will travel to rival 13th-ranked Missouri Western on Friday and Emporia State on Saturday to start an eight game road trip.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to start the game, but the Bearcats would answer back with 11 runs aided by two Kayli Schurman home runs to take an 11-2 lead.
Northwest opened its half of the first inning with three runs on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double from Molly Baker. The second inning was more Northwest, as Josie Van Houten singled home Kristine Labertew and Schurman capped the inning with a three-run bomb to left center.
Schurman blasted her second homer in the fourth inning to start a four-run inning for the Bearcats. Schurman finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs in game one.
Jenna Creger earned her fourth win of the season tossing a complete game, her seventh of the year. Creger scattered 10 hits while striking out five Wildcats en route to an 11-6 win.
The Bearcat bullpen saved Northwest in game two as Abbie Vitosh pitched two innings of relief to stave off a Wayne State rally. Starter Morgan Brunmeier pitched five innings allowing eight hits and four runs for the win.
Northwest wasted no time getting on the board in the night cap as Angela drilled a 2-RBI double into the right field gap.
After the Wildcats took the lead in the third inning with three runs, Northwest answered back with three more runs to retake the lead, 5-3
Wayne State would chip away at the Bearcat lead, but Northwest put the game away in the sixth inning as Kristen Uthe belted her third home run of the season. Uthe’s blast scored three Bearcats and Kayli Schurman belted her third homer of the day, a solo shot, to put Northwest up 9-4.
The Wildcats would add a run in the top of the seventh on a solo homer, but Vitosh retired the next three Wayne batters to preserve the win.
Northwest recorded 27 hits in the sweep and added four home runs on the day.
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