March 14, 2005
Bearcats Split Home-Opener With MSU-MoorheadMARYVILLE, Mo. -- Moving to 3-0 all-time in home-openers under head coach Susan Anderson, the Northwest Missouri State softball team earned a split versus NSIC-member Minnesota State University, Moorhead (3-1) this afternoon at Bearcat Field. The Bearcats won 5-2 in the opener and then dropped a 3-1 decision in the night-cap.
In game one, Northwest received plenty of offense and pitching as it pounded out 10 base hits and senior hurler Shelly MacDonald continued her dazzling season effort. MacDonald went seven innings allowing just two hits, both of them in the fifth including a two-run homer by Sonjia Schuurman, and fanned six batters. Her season record improved to 6-1 and held her ERA under the 1.00 mark (0.71 ERA) as she has 36 strikeouts to just three walks in 2005. Six of the seven innings, MacDonald did not allow a base runner and sent the Dragon batters down in order.
Northwest scored two runs apiece in the third and fifth innings and sandwiched a lone score in the fourth. Sophomore Tami Phillips went 3x3 with two runs batted in and sophomore Kaytee Schulenberg rapped two singles in three plate appearnces as she drove in two runners.
Game two saw the 'Cats plate a run in the bottom of the third thanks to junior Katy John. John led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice by freshman Crystal Gustin. John then forced a throw at home after MSUM's second baseman caught a short fly in right field - her toss sailed over the catcher's head and gave Northwest a 1-0 edge. However, the Bearcat bats were stymied from there by Dragon starter Julie Vancura. Vancura went the distance giving up the one unearned run on five hits as she fanned seven batters.
Senior Kelly Hainline was hit with the loss despite working into the sixth inning without any runs allowed. The Dragons notched all three scores - all unearned - in the top of the sixth. Offensively, John was 2x3.
Northwest improves to 11-5 overall and will host Park (Mo.) University tomorrow (Tues.) from Bearcat Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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