April 20, 2012
‘Cats earn split hold onto MIAA Tourney hopes
MARYVILLE, Mo. – It was not the ideal ending to a game, but the Northwest Missouri State softball team picked up a last inning 6-5 win to split with Truman State keeping its MIAA tournament hopes alive after falling 2-0 in game one Friday.
Northwest improved to 17-29 on the season with the split and 7-13 in league play while Truman fell to 22-27 overall and 6-14. The Bearcats now sit in the eighth and final spot for the MIAA tournament as they will wrap up their regular season against non-conference foe Sioux Falls on Saturday.
It was a tale of two different games as the night cap quickly saw more offense from both teams in the first inning. Truman scored two runs in the top half, while Northwest answered with a pair of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
TSU jumped back in front with a run in the second and a run in the fifth before Northwest would tie the game again in the bottom of the fifth.
In the fifth inning the Bearcats pulled even on Kayli Schurman’s 14th home run of the season, putting her just one shy of the single season record. Schurman finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs in the win as her base hit to lead off the seventh proved as the winning run.
Northwest grabbed a short lead in the bottom of the sixth on a Hailee Hendricks RBI double, but the Bulldogs would pull back even in the top of the seventh.
However after Schurman blasted a single of the center field wall a pinch runner for Schurman, Kailee Sherer, scored on a Truman error giving Northwest the win.
Morgan Brunmeier picked up the win working 2.2 innings of relief and only allowing one run on three hits.
Game one saw a pitcher’s duel as both pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts, eight from each hurler. In the end though it was Truman’s Kelsea Dorsey coming out on top to earn the shutout victory.
Jenna Creger faced tough luck as she scattered six hits and only walked one in the loss.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the fifth inning as Elizabeth Leath homered to lead off the inning. That would be all the run support TSU needed as they added a second run in the fifth inning.
Northwest stranded six base runners in the loss including the bases loaded in the second inning.
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