April 15, 2004
Northwest Hammers Lincoln in Twinbill 10-1, 10-0
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MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University's softball team pounded Lincoln University on Senior Day at Bearcat Field Thursday. The Bearcats picked up 10-1 and 10-0 wins in a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Tigers.
Northwest jumped on top early in game one. Lincoln scored an unearned run in the top of the first. But the Blue Tigers' lead was short-lived. Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) led off with a double for the Bearcats and later scored on an Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) double to right field. One batter later, Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) hammered a line-drive home run over the center-field fence to put Northwest on top 3-1.
The Bearcats added seven more in the third inning. Northwest used five hits and four Lincoln errors to send 11 batters to the plate and push its lead to 10-1. Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) delivered a two-run single during the inning.
Meanwhile, Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) was rolling along in the pitching circle. Canon allowed just one hit and one unearned run in five innings of work, improving her record to 4-7. The game was ended after the top of the fifth, due to the eight-run mercy rule.
It was more of the same in the nightcap. Northwest scored three in the first, three in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth en route to a 10-0 whitewashing of Lincoln in five innings.
Spring hit her second home run of the day in the first inning, a two-run shot, which scored Pride, who had singled in front of her. The Bearcats hit back-to-back home runs, as Kaytee Schulenberg (Fr., Independence, Mo.) followed Spring's blast with a solo shot to center. The Bearcats were up 6-0 after two innings. Spring doubled home two runs in the inning, tying the Northwest record for career doubles. Schulenberg followed with a double of her own, scoring Spring.
Pride and Spring each delivered RBIs in the third to make it 8-0. In the fourth, Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) stroked an RBI single and Stephenson lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 10-0.
Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) had a no-hitter going through four innings. But Katie Markway led off the fifth inning with a one-hopper, that was headed up the middle. Hainline was able to knock it down and nearly threw Markway out from a sitting position. It was the lone hit Hainline would allow, as she improved her record to 7-12.
The Bearcats are now 18-27 overall.
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