April 3, 2004
Bearcats Shut Out Southwest Baptist, 3-0 and 7-0
NWMSU 3 4 0
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team picked up a pair of shutout victories Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Field. The 'Cats defeated Southwest Baptist 3-0 and 7-0 to improve to 11-21 overall and 4-2 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action.
In the first game, Northwest scored a run in the bottom of the first without the benefit of a base hit. Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) led off with a walk. She stole second and moved to third on a Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) sacrifice bunt. Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) then drove Stephenson home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth. The Bearcats got back-to-back singles from Pride and Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) to lead off the sixth. After a Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) sac bunt, Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) came through with a two-run single up the middle. That gave Northwest a 3-0 advantage and was more than enough offense for starting pitcher Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.).
Canon scattered five hits, struck out four and walked just one en route to the first shutout of her collegiate career. She improved her record to 2-4 on the season. Cara Gaskins took the loss for Southwest Baptist, allowing just four hits, while striking out three and walking five.
Northwest got on the board in the bottom of the first again in the nightcap. This time the Bearcats scored three runs to jump out to a big lead. Pride doubled to right-center with two outs. She then scored when McCoy reached on an error by SBU right-fielder Mary Nguyen. Spring followed with an RBI single through the right side, pushing McCoy across the plate. Spring scored when Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) reached on an error from SBU first baseman Sara Schlagel.
Southwest Baptist starter Kyleigh Savas went three innings, allowing just the three unearned runs in the bottom of the first. She was relieved by Cassie Haines in the fourth. Haines saw Northwest put four runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
Spring and Nimmo led off the fifth with a single and a walk. Schulenberg then blasted a three-run home run to deep left field, into a stiff breeze, giving the Bearcats a 6-0 lead. It was Schulenberg's first career home run. Stephenson later reached on an error and came around to score on another SBU miscue to give Northwest a 7-0 lead.
Spring was three-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI in game two. Nimmo was two-for-three with a run scored.
Jacqui Handlos (Jr., Junction City, Kan.) scattered just five hits, walked just two and recorded a strikeout to pick up her first shutout of the season. Handlos improved her record to 2-1 with the victory. Savas took the loss for Southwest Baptist.
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