March 26, 2004
Bearcats Split Twinbill with Missouri Western
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MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University opened the home portion of its softball schedule Friday at Bearcat Field, hosting a doubleheader with Missouri Western State College. The Bearcats took game one 4-0, but dropped the nightcap 3-0 to the Griffons.
In the opener, Northwest finally pushed a pair of runs across against Western pitcher Dana Wertz in the bottom of the fourth. Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) and Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) put together back-to-back singles with one out. Tonja Risetter (Soph., Junction City, Kan.) followed with a walk to load the bases. Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) drew a walk to push the first run across the board. Katy John (Soph., Independence, Mo.) then singled through the right side, giving Northwest a 2-0 lead.
The Bearcats added some insurance in the sixth. Risetter drew a walk and later came around to score on an error. Santiago, who reached on a base hit, came around to score on a Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) double to make it 4-0.
That was more than enough offense for Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.). The Northwest pitcher scattered seven hits, struck out one and allowed just one walk. She picked up her second shutout of the season, going seven innings for the win.
Northwest starting pitcher Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) worked her way out of numerous jams through the first six innings in the nightcap. But Missouri Western finally broke through against Hainline in the seventh inning.
Lindsey Rizutti opened the seventh with a double to left-center. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tommie Mitts. Rizutti then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Griffons a 1-0 advantage. After a Shannon Benash base hit, Ashley Beverly gave Western all the insurance it would need in game two. Beverly drove a Hainline pitch over the center-field fence for a two-run home run, putting her team up 3-0.
The Bearcats brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. But Spring grounded out to end the threat. Lindsey Predovich struck out eight and walked six, while allowing just four hits to take the victory for Missouri Western.
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