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Riley, Hebert Power Rangers to Doubleheader Sweep of North Arkansas

March 20, 2012
By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE



BATESVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Lauren Riley and sophomore Linsey Hebert each hit two home runs and the Northwest offense combined for 28 runs off 26 hits in a Monday afternoon doubleheader sweep over North Arkansas. | Linsey Hebert Postgame

Northwest improved to 11-5-1 overall while North Arkansas fell to 1-11. 

In the opening game of the day, a pair of four-run first and second innings put the game well in the hands of Northwest, as the Rangers used two, three-run home runs from Riley and a solo shot from Codie Jones.

With Northwest leading 9-0, the Lady Pioneers snapped the shutout with Jordan Oliver's two-out, two-run home run to left-center in the bottom of the third.

The Lady Rangers would extend the lead to 12-2 with runs over the next two innings, with Jones delivering a two-run single and Hillari Plummer capping a 4-for-4 game with an RBI-single in the fifth.

Annie McDonald's two-run double in the fifth for North Arkansas pulled the final score to 12-4.

Casey Baddley (6-1, 1.49 ERA) scattered three hits, two runs and six strikeouts to earn the win in four innings of work, while Casey Gibson came on to throw the fifth.

Hebert's career game in the nightcap lifted the Rangers to another run-rule win in five innings, 16-6, as the sophomore had a three-run home run, grand slam, six runs scored and seven RBIs.

Scoreless through the first inning, an eight-run second inning opened up the game for Northwest. The Rangers rallied for seven runs with two outs, using RBI hits from Stormy Robison, Vicki Johnson, Baddley, Plummer and Riley.

The game got out of hand the ensuing two innings, as Northwest took a 16-0 cushion. Hebert's grand slam to left in the fourth capped the Rangers' scoring, driving in Natalie Smock, Anna Barham and Gibson.

The Lady Pioneers responded with six unanswered runs in the fourth, as Kayla Bays and Carley Hutchinson each delivered two-RBI hits off reliever Jamie Kilpatric.

Emily Hatcher (4-2, 2.68) got the win in a three-hit shutout over three innings.  

Plummer and Hebert led the Rangers on the day in the hit column, with each picking up five hits.

Northwest will return to the diamond on Tuesday, hosting Coahoma in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.


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