March 6, 2005
Northwest Defeats No. 19 Emporia in Busy Day at Missouri Western TournamentST. JOSEPH , Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State softball team continued its strong play today at Day 2 of the Missouri Western Tournament coming away with two victories. The first win came against No. 19 Emporia State, 2-1 in 8 innings before the Bearcats won a 3-1 decision over Missouri Southern in the afternoon. The capper was against No. 16 Missouri Western as the Griffons prevailed 1-0. Northwest finished the two-day tournament at 3-2 and stands 7-3 on the season.
Senior Shelly MacDonald continued her strong pitching effort garnering the complete game win versus the nationally-ranked Lady Hornets. She struck out five and only gave up two hits, both coming in the run-producing first inning. MacDonald, who had her scoreless inning streak snapped at 20 frames, sent down the Lady Hornet batters in order in the final six innings. The Bearcats notched a run in the top of the first inning and won the contest on a squeeze play in the top of the eighth. A sacrifice bunt by junior Katy John knocked home freshman Lauren Lakebrink for the game-winner.
In the second game vs. Missouri Southern, Northwest jumped on top early again with single runs in the first and third innings. After the Lions plated a score in the fourth inning, the 'Cats tacked on one more in the sixth stanza. Lakebrink made her first appearance on the mound an impressionable one as she went the distance to pick up her first collegiate victory. She gave up one earned run on five base hits and struck out seven batters. Six different 'Cats tallied one hit in the contest.
In game No. 3, the Bearcats and Griffons battled evenly for 5 1/2 innings before the hosts broke out for the game-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth inning. MacDonald got into the sixth inning by giving up just one single. After sitting down the first two Griffons in the sixth, two singles sandwiched a walk, and gave MWSC a 1-0 edge. The Griffons silenced the 'Cat batters in the top of the seventh to earn the victory. John, who is the leading hitter on the year at .414, went 2x4 in the affair.
Northwest will face Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, Mar. 8 in its 2005 home-opener. First pitch from Bearcat Field is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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