April 10, 2004
'Cats Fall to Augustana, Nebraska-Omaha Saturday
AUGIE 6 12 1
OMAHA, Neb. -- Two rough innings led to two losses for Northwest Missouri State University at the UNO Softball Classic Saturday. Augustana scored four runs in the third inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Bearcats. Nebraska-Omaha put together a five-run second in a 7-3 win over Northwest.
Augustana got to Northwest starter Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) for a single run in the first inning and led 1-0. But the real damage was done in the third, when the Vikings put together four hits and took advantage of a Bearcat error for a four-run inning and a 5-0 lead.
Northwest answered with a Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) two-run home run in the bottom of the third to make it 5-2. Stephenson drove in Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.), who had walked in front of her. But that's all the offense Northwest could muster against Augie's Katie Krauth.
Krauth took the win, scattering three hits and striking out 11 Northwest hitters. Canon went 3.1 innings and allowed four earned runs as her record dropped to 3-6. Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) allowed just one run in 3.2 innings of relief work.
The Bearcats took an early lead against Nebraska-Omaha, the No. 4-ranked team in NCAA Division II, but couldn't hold it. Northwest scored a single run in the bottom of the first when Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) doubled home Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.).
But the Mavericks sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the second against MacDonald, the Northwest starter, knocking her from the game. Those 11 UNO batters accounted for seven hits and five runs and gave the Mavs a 5-1 lead.
The 'Cats cut into their deficit in the third. Nimmo scored on a Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) single. McCoy then came around on a groundout from Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) to make it 5-3. But that's as close as Northwest would get against UNO pitcher Jenny Pritchard, who took the win. Pritchard allowed three runs on 10 hits and struck out nine.
The Mavericks got some insurance in the seventh, when Nicole Vos hit a two-run home run to the opposite field, giving her team a 7-3 advantage.
The Bearcats fell to 15-26 overall with the two losses.
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