April 21, 2012
Schurman ties record as ‘Cats sweep Cougars
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Kayli Schurman tied the Northwest Missouri State single season record for home runs in game two as she helped the Bearcats sweep Sioux Falls 8-2 and 5-3 Saturday afternoon in non-conference softball action.
Northwest improved to 19-29 on the year while Sioux Falls drops to 12-18. The Bearcats still await their postseason fate as the MIAA schedule completes Saturday and Sunday with Northwest currently holding onto one of the final two spots for next week’s MIAA tournament at seventh.
The Bearcats pounded out 10 hits and were aided by two double plays to take an 8-2 win in game one.
A five-run second inning quickly set the tone as Kristine Labertew smashed a 2-RBI single into right field putting the Bearcats up early. The next batter, Kristen Uthe blasted a 3-run home run to put Northwest up 5-0.
After a lead-off home run from Molly Baker in the fourth inning extending the Bearcat lead before Schurman smashed an RBI single into left. The RBI put Northwest up 8-0 putting the run rule in effect; however the Cougars would pick up two runs in the top of the fifth to extend the game only to have the Bearcat defense hold in the sixth and seventh for the win.
Bearcat starter Jenna Creger, the all-time strikeout leader at Northwest, scattered nine hits for her 12th complete game of the season. Creger only struck out three and now sits at 398 strikeouts for her career as the junior got a solid defensive effort behind her to pick up her seventh win of the year.
In game two Northwest again jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Rachael Schmitz blasted a home run that landed on top of the fence and bounced over.
Northwest held that lead until Schurman blasted her 15th home run of the year to tie the single season home run record. Schurman’s homer to center gave Northwest a 5-0 lead as the two runs proved important.
Sioux Falls rallied in the sixth inning when Priscilla Quintana blasted a 3-run home run to left putting the Cougars on the board. However, the Bearcat pitching staff got six solid innings from Morgan Brunmeier who moved to 6-10 on the year. Paige Blythe pitched a scoreless seventh allowing one hit, but the base runner was erased on the Bearcats’ fourth double play of the series.
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