March 13, 2004
Bearcats Finish 2-3 at MSSU Classic
JOPLIN , Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team picked up a pair of victories and three losses at the Missouri Southern State University Classic March 12 and 13.
The Bearcats suffered a 1-0 loss to Missouri-St. Louis in the tournament opener. Northwest managed just four hits in the loss. UMSL scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of three hits. Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) suffered the loss, falling to 1-4 on the season.
Oklahoma City pounded Northwest 12-1 in the Bearcats' second game. The Stars roughed up three Northwest pitchers, giving Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) the loss. Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to provide the Bearcats' lone run.
The Bearcats wrapped up day one with a 4-3 victory over Missouri Southern. Northwest jumped on top 2-0 when Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) and Ashley Pride (So., Ravenwood, Mo.) each delivered RBI hits. Northwest increased its lead to 4-0 in the sixth. McCoy scored on a Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) sacrifice fly and Spring came across on a wild pitch. Northwest would need all four runs as the Lions scored three in the bottom of the sixth, but could get no closer. Hainline moved to 3-3 on the season, picking up the victory.
Northwest opened day two in Joplin with another 1-0 loss. Washburn scored once in the fourth to defeat the 'Cats. Hainline took the loss and fell to 3-4.
Northwest got a five-run sixth inning to take an 8-5 win over Augustana to wrap up the Missouri Southern tournament. Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) delivered the big blow with a two-run single. Spring and Phillips also delivered RBI hits in the inning. Jacqui Handlos (Jr., Junction City, Kan.) picked up the win to move her record to 1-1, while Hainline picked up her first save.
Northwest is now 6-10 overall.
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