March 10, 2004
Bearcats Drop Pair at Nebraska-Omaha
NWMSU 3 7 1
OMAHA , Neb. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks used a four-run fifth inning to hold off the Bearcats in game one. UNO pounded Northwest for 10 runs in the nightcap, taking a 10-4 victory.
In game one, Nebraska-Omaha put together six singles in the fifth inning against Northwest starter Kelly Hainline and reliever Shelly MacDonald. By the time the Mavericks were done, they pushed four runs across the plate to take a 4-0 lead.
The Bearcats answered in the top of the sixth. Left fielder Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) hit a two-run home run, pushing plating Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) to make it 4-2. First baseman Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) followed with a solo home run to make it 4-3. But UNO pitcher Chris Kuster stopped the bleeding at that point and got out of the inning. Jenny Pritchard pitched a scoreless seventh for the Mavericks to pick up the save. Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) took the loss and fell to 2-2 for Northwest.
Nebraska-Omaha used three hits, two bases-loaded walks and a Northwest error to plate five runs in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Northwest answered with four runs in the top of the second, scoring all four without the benefit of a hit. But that's all the offense the Bearcats would be able to muster.
The Mavericks added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth and cruised to the six-run victory. Taren Tuley picked up the win for UNO, while Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) suffered the loss for the Bearcats and fell to 1-3 overall.
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