April 18, 2004
Bearcats Drop MIAA Doubleheader at Pittsburg St.
NWMSU 5 13 2
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team lost a pair of games Sunday at Pittsburg State. More importantly, they may have lost their senior shortstop.
Melissa Nimmo (Sr., Omaha, Neb.), who missed much of last season with a serious knee injury, re-injured the knee in the second inning of game two Sunday against the Gorillas. Nimmo made a leaping catch in shallow left field in the second inning of game two, coming down on her surgically-repaired right knee and suffering potential season-ending injury.
Northwest led game two, 4-2 after the top of the sixth inning. The Bearcats scored single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth. Nimmo, Linellis Santiago (Fr., Omaha, Neb.), Megan Spring (Sr., Warsaw, Mo.) and Lindsay Stephenson (Soph., Omaha, Neb.) all delivered RBI hits en route to the two-run lead.
Pittsburg State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up. With two outs and the score tied 4-4, Talina Canon (Fr., Maryville, Mo.) relieved Bearcat starter Shelly MacDonald (Jr., Lawson, Mo.). Canon retired the first batter she faced to keep the game tied 4-4. Neither team was able to score in the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, Tami Phillips (Fr., Omaha, Neb.) led off with her first collegiate home run. Her homer put Northwest back on top, 5-4. But three straight infield hits loaded the bases for Pittsburg State in the bottom of the eighth. Emily Gastineau then delivered a two-run single to left-center field, lifting Pitt State to a 6-5 win.
Northwest led 2-0 after the top of the first in game two. Angie McCoy (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) smoked a two-run double to right-center, pushing Spring and Ashley Pride (Soph., Ravenwood, Mo.) across the plate. PSU tallied a single run in the bottom of the first against Northwest starter Kelly Hainline (Jr., Topeka, Kan.) to make it 2-1.
The Bearcats pushed their advantage to 3-1 when Katy John (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) scored on an a McCoy single to right field. Pitt State added single runs in the bottom of the third and the fifth to tie the contest, 3-3.
The score remained knotted up at 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Sharell Anderson hit a long home run to give Pitt State a 4-3 victory and the sweep of the doubleheader.
Northwest is now 20-29 overall and 9-7 in the MIAA.
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