Northwest Missouri State's softball team completed an 0-4 weekend in Oklahoma Sunday with a crushing 5-4 extra-inning loss to No. 21 Central Oklahoma in game two of their doubleheader in Edmond.
Two outs away from a split, Northwest Missouri State sophomore pitcher Abbie Vitosh surrendered a game-ending two-run homer to Kacie Edwards—her third of the day—in the bottom of the eighth inning.
This gave Northwest its fourth straight loss of the weekend–—all by two runs or less—and fifth overall, putting the Bearcats in jeopardy of missing the MIAA Tournament.
Northwest (25-17, 13-13) entered Sunday's action in seventh place and now trails Pittsburg State (26-20, 14-12) and Central Missouri by a game for eighth—the cut-off to make the MIAA Tournament.
The Bearcats have two games remaining with Lincoln Tuesday at home, while Pitt hosts Central Missouri today.
Northwest began the day with a 5-3 loss to the Bronchos in game one.
Central Oklahoma went up early in game one scoring one run in the first inning and three runs in the third to go up 4-0.
Northwest plated their first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning on a Rachael Schmitz solo home run to left center making the score 4-1.
One inning later, Kristine Labertew hit a sacrifice fly to center field that was deep enough to bring in Candace Miller from third. In the bottom half of the sixth inning the Bronchos were able to get one run back on Edwards' second homer to take a 5-2 lead.
Maddie Jones led off the seventh inning with a double and was pinch ran for by Sara Krysl. Jordan Ereth singled up the middle knocking in Krysl from third for her 14th RBI of the season. That would be it for the comeback.
Jenna Creger (12-9) was in the circle for Northwest and was tagged with the loss going 6.0 innings, giving up five earned runs and striking out seven.
The Bearcat offense was off to a quick start in the second game as Ereth scored in the first inning off a fielding error by UCO to go up 1-0.The Bronchos tied it up 1-1 after getting a run across in the bottom of the second.
Northwest answered in the top of the third when Hailee Hendricks was hit by a pitch with bases loaded to put her team back up 2-1.
Ereth scored later in the inning off a fielder's choice by Kristen Uthe to increase their lead to 3-1.
Central Oklahoma was able to tie the game up in the fourth inning with a two run home run. Neither team was able to score as the game went into extra innings.
Page 2 of 2 - Kristine Labertew was walked to leadoff the top of the eighth inning and later scored on an error by the shortstop putting her team on top 4-3.
Northwest was unable to plate anymore runs in the inning and left the bases loaded.
UCO's Ally Dziadula led off the eighth with a single, and two batters later, Edwards ended it with a home run.
Vitosh threw a complete game in a losing effort giving up five hits, five earned runs and striking out four.
The double-header did not go as planned for the Northwest Missouri State softball team Saturday as they dropped both games to Northeastern State losing game one 3-1 and game two by the same score.
Both starting pitchers cruised through the first three innings until the Bearcats plated a run in the fourth to get on the board first. Stephanie Price led off the inning with a single and was knocked in by Kylie Cantrell who singled through the right side to put her team up 1-0.
Jenna Creger shut down the RiverHawk offense allowing five hits and striking out six through the first five innings. Northeastern was able to get to the Bearcat pitcher in the sixth inning getting three runs on three hits to go up 3-1.
Northwest managed one hit in the top of the seventh, but could not muster a comeback. Creger was tagged with the loss.
The RiverHawks scored first in game two putting up the only three runs they would score all game in the second inning. From there it was up to the Bearcats to play catch up.
Northwest scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning when Kristine Labertew hit a solo home run over the left field fence.
Abbie Vitosh went the distance for the complete game in the 3-1 loss. Vitosh allowed five hits giving up three earned runs and striking out one.