April 17, 2012
‘Cats bats respond to split with Tigers
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State softball team split a doubleheader with the Fort Hays State Tigers Tuesday afternoon, winning 12-4 in game two following a tough 1-0 loss in game one.
Game one was a showcase of Fort Hays State starting pitcher Maddie Holub as she would pitch a complete game shutout while striking out 13.
Fort Hays’ Chelsey Rottinghaus would provide the one run support that Holub would need as she blasted a solo home run in the fifth to give the Tigers the 1-0 advantage.
The Bearcats (16-28, 6-12 MIAA) would get two runners on base in the home half of the fifth thanks to a Kristine Labertew hit-by-pitch followed by Anastaszia Roseberry walk, but Rottinghaus would keep her composure and record two of her thirteen strikeouts to end the Northwest threat.
Jenna Creger recorded the loss on the mound for Northwest pitching the complete game allowing just five hits while striking out four.
The Bearcats bats would get hot in game two as they would score twelve runs on thirteen hits to run rule the Tigers.
Fort Hays State would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first but Northwest responded quickly plating three runs to take the 3-2 lead after one.
The Bearcats upped their lead to 6-2 in the second thanks to a Jordan Ereth sacrifice fly followed by a Hailee Hendricks two-run home run to centerfield.
The Tigers would stage a two-run rally in the third to cut the Bearcat lead to one but Kayli Schurman would extend the Bearcat lead in the home half as she launched her thirteenth home run of the season to left field.
Northwest tacked on one run in the fourth before run ruling the Tigers in the fifth by plating four runs, three of which came from a Kristen Uthe home run, to give the Bearcats the 12-4 win.
Abbie Vitosh earned the win on the mound for Northwest pitching 2.2 innings while striking out two.
Up Next: The Bearcats return to action this weekend when they host the Truman State Bulldogs in their final MIAA series of the weekend. First pitch from Bearcat Field is slated for 2 p.m.
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