Eighth-seeded Northwest Missouri State lasted a minimal amount of time in the MIAA Softball Tournament at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex.
The Bearcats lost their first round game to top-seeded Central Oklahoma 5-0 Friday and were eliminated with a season-ending 9-2 loss to fourth-seeded Northeastern State Saturday.
The five and seven-run margins of defeat were the two largest for Northwest all season.
Northwest finished the year at 27-19, with losses in seven of its last nine games. Six of those came against the two Oklahoma schools. The Bearcats are now just 2-8 in MIAA Tournament games over the last four years.
Northwest scored first on NSU in the top of the third when All-MIAA second baseman Hailee Hendricks was hit by a pitch with bases loaded, scoring Rachael Schmitz from third.
The Bearcats got nothing more out of the inning and their only lead of the tournament vanished in the fourth when the Riverhawks scored four to go ahead 4-1.
Senior catcher Kylie Cantrell came up in the bottom of the fourth inning and hit her team-leading eighth home run of the season to bring the Bearcats within two, down 4-2.
Northeastern added five more runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-2 lead and the Bearcats were unable to recover.
Senior Cayce Coleman (9-7) tossed a complete game to pick up the victory in the circle. She only allowed two runs (one earned) despite giving up eight hits in 7.0 innings.
Every NSU batter had at least one hit, with Coleman driving home two and scoring once to help her cause. Senior Lisa Ripperger and junior Allyson Pogue both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Senior Laquieta Drew and freshman Saharra Henson also scored twice.
Jordan Ereth and Madison Jones both had two hits to pace the Bearcats. Northeastern State outhit NWMSU 15-8.
In her final career start, senior Jenna Creger (13-11) received the loss. She went four innings, giving up four earned runs and striking out five. Sophomore Abbie Vitosh went the final three innings to finish the game.
The loss ended the careers of eight Northwest seniors. Six were starters and Creger was the team's No. 1 pitcher all four years of her career.
The Northwest Missouri State softball team fell to No. 1 seed Central Oklahoma 5-0 in the opening round of the MIAA conference tournament Friday.
The starting pitchers dominated for both sides for the first three innings of the ball game. The two teams combined for three hits and seven strikeouts through the first 3.5 innings.
UCO opened the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs on three hits.
Page 2 of 2 - The Bearcats were never able to get things going on offense as they managed three hits in the game and left four runners on base.
The Bronchos added one more run in the fifth inning to go up 5-0. UCO starting pitcher Kaylnn Schrock went the distance to secure the first round victory. Northwest had just three hits off of her, all of which were singles.
Jenna Creger was tagged with the loss going 5.0 innings giving up four earned runs and striking out four. Morgan Brunmeier worked an inning of scoreless relief.