April 14, 2004
Northwest Splits Doubleheader With No. 20 Hornets
ESU 8 11 1
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team narrowly missed a sweep of No. 20 Emporia State University Wednesday afternoon at Bearcat Field. The Bearcats led ESU 4-2 after six innings in game one, but saw the Hornets come back to take an 8-4 win in eight innings. Northwest rebounded to take the nightcap in a 4-0 shutout.
Emporia State took a 1-0 lead in the opener on an unearned run in the first. Northwest answered in the bottom of the second when Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) hit her third home run of the season. The solo shot tied things up at 1-1. Northwest took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) reached on an error and later scored on Spring's RBI double to right field.
The 'Cats increased their advantage to 3-1 in the fifth. Northwest loaded the bases and Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) scored on a Pride groundout. ESU pulled within one in the sixth, taking advantage of a Bearcat error. Northwest led 4-2 after the bottom of the sixth when Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) hit her third home run of the season with two outs.
ESU put together a leadoff walk, an RBI double and a run-scoring single to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Northwest was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh. Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) replaced Northwest starting pitcher Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.) in the top of the eighth. Canon allowed four ESU runs on three hits and an error, giving the Hornets an 8-4 lead. The 'Cats went quietly in the bottom of the inning, giving Emporia State the come-from-behind victory.
Canon took the loss, falling to 3-7 on the season. Melissa Stevens tossed four innings in relief of Deb Potter for ESU and improved her record to 18-5.
Northwest quickly rebounded from the disappointing loss. Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) retired ESU in order in the top of the first in game two. Meanwhile, the 'Cats rocked Hornet starter Stacy Foltz for four runs in the bottom of the first. Northwest loaded the bases with two outs. Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) then delivered a two-run single to right-center to put the Bearcats on top 2-0. Schulenberg singled to right field, plating Spring with the third run of the inning. That knocked Foltz from the game and brought Stevens in for ESU.
Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) ripped a single to left, scoring Nimmo with the fourth run of the inning, giving Northwest a 4-0 advantage. That's all the offense Hainline would need. She retired the first eight batters she faced, scattered four hits and struck out three en route to her second shutout of the season. Hainline improved to 6-12 with the victory. Foltz fell to 2-1, suffering the loss. Stevens struck out eight in 5.1 scoreless innings of relief for Emporia State.
The Bearcats are now 16-27 overall and 7-5 in the MIAA.
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