March 7, 2004
Bearcats Go 2-2 at MWSC Invitational
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ST. JOSEPH , Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team picked up a pair of victories Saturday at the Missouri Western State College Invitational. The Bearcats couldn't maintain their momentum on Sunday, dropping a pair of decisions.
The 2-2 mark over the weekend left Northwest with an overall record of 4-5.
The 'Cats opened play on Saturday with a 3-1 win over the No. 19-ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
Northwest struck early against UNO. Shortstop Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) delivered a solo home run in the first inning, giving Northwest a 1-0 lead. The Bearcats went up 2-0 in the second inning. Second baseman Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, designated player Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) singled, pushing John home. Northwest got another run in the top of the sixth, when first baseman Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) hit a solo home run. Nebraska-Omaha scored once in the sixth off relief pitcher Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.), but it wasn't enough.
Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win over the Mavericks. MacDonald allowed just one run in two innings of relief to pick up her first save of the season.
The Bearcats faced Augustana Saturday evening and trailed 3-2 after three innings. But Northwest pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 4-3 and hold on for the victory. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Schulenberg scored on a groundout from catcher Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) to tie the game at 1-1. A two-run home run gave Augustana a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. The Bearcats answered with a single run in the bottom half when left fielder Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) scored on an RBI single from third baseman Tonja Risetter (Soph., Junction City, Kan.). That run pulled Northwest within one, 3-2.
The Bearcats scratched their way in front in the bottom of the fifth. Northwest loaded the bases with two out. Pinch hitter Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) drew a walk to push across the tying run. Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) then drew another pinch-hit base on balls to score the go-ahead run, 4-3. Starting pitcher Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) ran into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth and was relieved by Jacqui Handlos (Jr., Junction City, Kan.). Handlos worked out of the jam and also pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save. Canon picked up her first-ever collegiate victory.
Northwest couldn't muster enough offense to match its previous performance on Sunday. The Bearcats got only four hits each against Nebraska-Omaha and St. Cloud State.
UNO stopped Northwest 5-1 and handed MacDonald the loss. Pride accounted for the only run for the Bearcats with a solo home run in the top of the seventh. St. Cloud led 3-0 after the top of the fourth against Northwest. The 'Cats pushed two unearned runs across in the bottom of the fourth. But St. Coud added an insurance run in the sixth and took a 4-2 victory.
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