April 4, 2004
Homers Lead Bearcats to Split With Missouri-Rolla
UMR 3 7 0
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University split an important Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association doubleheader with Missouri-Rolla Sunday afternoon at Bearcat Field. UMR took game one, 3-0. The Bearcats hit three home runs in the nightcap to forge the split, 4-2.
Northwest couldn't solve Missouri-Rolla pitcher Christy Deken in game one. The Lady Miner hurler scattered three hits, walked just one and struck out seven en route to a 3-0 shutout.
Northwest pitcher Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) matched Deken for five scoreless innings. But Missouri-Rolla finally got to Canon in the sixth. Heather Maggard led off with a single up the middle and Erin Butler followed with a double to right-center. Abby Pittroff scored Maggard with a sacrifice fly to shallow left field. Butler then came around to score on a Deken single up the middle, giving the Lady Miners a 2-0 advantage.
UMR added a single run in the seventh when Janet Borgmeyer doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Jenny Meitz. That was more than enough offense for Deken, who moved to 18-2 on the season with the victory. Canon took the loss, falling to 2-5.
Northwest fell behind early in the nightcap. Missouri-Rolla took advantage of a Northwest error in the top of the first to go on top 1-0. The Lady Miners increased their advantage to 2-0 when Erin Butler led off the fourth inning with a solo home run off Bearcat starter Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.).
The Bearcat bats caught fire in the bottom of the fourth. Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) led off the inning with a sharp, infield single off UMR third baseman Amie Fugiel. After a sacrifice bunt, Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) hit a line drive off UMR starter Renee Roberts over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. The Pride round-tripper tied the game at 2-2.
Northwest's Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) then blasted the next pitch from Roberts for a long home run to left-center field. The back-to-back home runs put the Bearcats up 3-2. Northwest got some insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Stephenson led off with a solo home run to make it 4-2.
Hainline retired the side in order in the seventh, improving her record to 5-10. She allowed just one earned run, scattered five hits, walked one and struck out one.
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