April 6, 2004
'Cats Come Back in Game One, Split With CMSU
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WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University split Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association doubleheader with Central Missouri State University Tuesday afternoon and evening at Jennies Field. Northwest came from behind to win game one, 8-6. Central shut the Bearcats out, 6-0, in the nightcap.
The Jennies jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning in game one against Northwest starter Shelly MacDonald. Central put together six hits, including an RBI double from Megan Bax and a two-run single from Kristy Furrer en route to the five-run first inning.
Northwest answered in the top of the second. Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) led the inning off with a double. Kristina Dillon (Jr., Platte City, Mo.) entered to pinch-run for Spring. Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) and Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) dropped a base hit in left field to score Dillon and make it 3-1. MacDonald followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Nimmo. Schulenberg came around to score when Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) reached on a fielder's choice, pulling Northwest within two runs, 5-3.
MacDonald held the Jennies scoreless through the next five innings, giving Northwest a chance to get back into it. Central starter Lauren Young held the Bearcats scoreless through the third, fourth and fifth. But Northwest finally got to her again in the sixth. Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) reached on an error to open the sixth. Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) then tied the game 5-5 with a two-run blast over the left-field fence. It was McCoy's seventh home run of the season.
Northwest took advantage of three hits, including an RBI double from Pride, and two Central errors in the top of the seventh. The Bearcats pushed three runs across in the seventh to go on top 8-5. Nimmo and Schulenberg each had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Central made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh. The Jennies got a two-out, RBI single from Mickey McCulloch to pull within two runs, 8-6. That hit chased MacDonald from the game and Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) came on in relief for the 'Cats. Canon allowed one base hit, but retired Miranda Myer on a ground ball to second base to pick up her second save of the season. MacDonald moved her record to 4-6 with the victory.
In game two, Central again jumped out to a big lead. The Jennies scored three runs in the bottom of the first against Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.). That was all the offense CMSU pitcher Laura Ruebhausen would need. Ruebhausen scattered just four hits and shut Northwest out. The Bearcats only threatened once, loading the bases in the fifth.
Central added two runs in the fifth on a two-run homer from McCulloch. The Jennies scored one more in the sixth when they put together a pair of hits against Canon, who came on in relief in the sixth. Ruebhausen retired the Bearcats in order in the seventh to take the shutout victory.
Northwest is now 13-23 overall and 6-4 in MIAA play.
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