March 30, 2004
Bearcats Split Doubleheader at Washburn
NWMSU 1 8 0
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Northwest Missouri State University exploded for eight runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Washburn University Tuesday afternoon. The outburst led Northwest to a split of a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association doubleheader with the Lady Blues. Washburn took game one 3-1, before Northwest came back for an 8-5 win in game two.
Northwest led 1-0 in the first game when Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) hit her first home run of the season. But that's all the offense the Bearcats would get.
Washburn got to Northwest starter Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) for three runs in the bottom of the third. An RBI double from Tifany Whitt and a two-run home run from Dara Clouse was enough offense for Joanne Fluker, the Lady Blues pitcher. Fluker scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked just one, improving her record to 15-5. Hainline took the loss, falling to 4-10.
Northwest struck first in the nightcap as well. The Bearcats loaded the bases in the top of the first. Spring then delivered a two-run single. Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) later came through with a two-out, RBI single to give Northwest a 3-0 lead. Washburn answered with a four-run third inning. The Lady Blues touched Northwest pitcher Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.) for four runs on a two-run double from Clouse and a two-run home run by Molly Gleisberg.
The Bearcats regained the lead in the fifth. Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) led off with a double and later scored on a passed ball. Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) also delivered an RBI double to give Northwest a 5-4 advantage. Spring and McCoy added insurance in the seventh. John walked in front of a McCoy two-run home run. Spring went back-to-back with McCoy for a solo home run, giving the 'Cats an 8-4 lead. Gleisberg hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for Washburn, but it wasn't enough.
McCoy and Spring led the Bearcats offensively. McCoy was three-for-three with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Spring was two-for-four with a home run, three RBIs and one run scored. MacDonald allowed five runs, but picked up the victory, advancing her record to 3-6.
Northwest is now 9-21 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA. Washburn is 24-14 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA.
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