April 9, 2004
'Cats Take Two of Three at Nebraska-Omaha Classic
NWMSU 11 12 1
NWMSU 1 5 2
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Northwest Misssouri State University softball team defeated South Dakota State and South Dakota before falling to Minnesota State-Mankato Friday at the Nebraska-Omaha Classic.
Northwest opened the day with an 11-6 victory over Southwest Baptist in a slugfest. The Bearcats and Jackrabbits combined for six home runs and 17 runs in the contest.
Northwest jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) scored on an error. Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) stole home as part of a double-steal attempt. Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) hit a two-run home run to account for the third and fourth runs of the inning. The 'Cats added to their advantage in the second. John and Pride both delivered RBI singles to make the score 6-0.
South Dakota State scored two on a Lindsay Reiter home run in the third. The Jackrabbits added another run in the fourth when Steph Kuhl hit a solo home run off Northwest starter Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.). Northwest mashed the ball some more in the fifth. Schulenberg and Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) each singled, knocking Emily Paolasso, the SDSU starting pitcher out of the circle. Jordan Bottorf came on in relief and gave up a three-run home run to Tonja Risetter (Soph., Junction City, Kan.), which made it 9-3.
Ashley Kalina hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth for South Dakota State, pulling the Jackrabbits back within three runs, 9-6. But the 'Cats answered again. Pride reached on an error in the sixth and later scored on a wild pitch. Schulenberg then hit her second home run of the game, giving Northwest an 11-6 lead. Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) pitched the sixth and seventh, finishing off the five-run win for the Bearcats. MacDonald was the winner, pushing her record to 5-6.
Schulenberg was three-for-four in the game with three RBIs and three runs scored. Pride was three-for-five with one RBI and two runs. Risetter was two-for-four with three RBIs and one run scored. Pride injured her throwing (right) hand on a line drive late in the game and would not play the remainder of the day. X-rays were negative.
After a virtual home-run derby in game one, Northwest's Canon and South Dakota's Angela Palma locked up in a pitcher's duel in the second game of the day.
Palma sruck out six Bearcats in the first three innings. Canon cruised through the first few innings as well. Northwest got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) reached on an error, when Palma couldn't handle her hot shot back to the pitcher's circle. One batter later, Schulenberg doubled to the right-center field gap, scoring Nimmo with the game's only run.
Canon escaped a jam in the sixth and saw a runner reach second base in the seventh. But the freshman pitcher allowed just three hits and recorded her second collegiate shutout. Canon improved her record to 3-5 with the win.
Northwest's Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) and Minnesota State-Mankato's Lindsay Mamer had a pretty good battle in the Bearcats' third game of the day. Risetter drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the first to put Northwest up 1-0. MSU-Mankato scored one unearned run in the bottom of the first to tie the game 1-1.
Neither team could score again until the bottom of the seventh. Terra Lewis led off with a single for the Mavericks. She moved to second on a sacrifice, reached third on a base hit. Jessica Peters came up with two out and runners at second and third and delivered a run-scoring single up the middle to give Minnesota State-Mankato the 2-1 win. Hainline suffered the loss, falling to 5-12 on the season.
Northwest is now 15-24 overall.
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