March 15, 2006
Bearcats Sweep Twinbill vs. Park
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State University softball team swept a non-conference home doubleheader today against Park (Mo.) University, 5-0 and 5-0. The back-to-back sweep is Northwest's first since a 3-0, 7-0 twinbill win against Southwest Baptist on Apr. 3, 2004.
Northwest sophomore Talina Canon went seven innings in Game 1 taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning as she silenced the Pirate bats. Game 2's offensive spark was junior Ashley Pride as she banged two homeruns to increase her team lead to five on the season.
Northwest utilized a Pirate miscue in the first inning of Game 1 to jump out to an early lead. With two outs, sophomore Jaclyn Brown reached on an error by the third baseman. A Tami Phillips double brought home Brown and sophomore Kaytee Schulenberg. The Bearcats added single runs in the third, fourth and sixth frames.
Canon made her second start a superb one sending down the Pirate hitters in order in the first five innings. A single with two outs in the sixth was the first baserunner allowed. Overall, Canon fanned two Pirates without any walks and gave up just the lone hit. Junior Katy John went 2-for-3 along with Phillips, who ended with three runs batted in. All five runs were scored by different 'Cats.
In Game 2, the offensive story was much the same as the first with Northwest tallying two in the first inning. Pride whalloped her first roundtripper after freshman Crystal Gustin reached on a double. Pride finished the contest with four RBI after her second two-run homer plated John in the fifth inning. Sophomore Linellis Santiago rapped a double later in the fifth as she eventually scored on a John run-producing single.
Starting pitcher senior Jacqui Handlos hurled six innings giving up just two singles and getting one strikeout. Freshman Lauren Lakebrink entered in the seventh frame and completed the doubleheader sweep with a scoreless inning. Handlos improved to 2-0 on the season.
With her two homers, Pride was 2-for-3 while John had her second straight multiple hit game with a 2-for-4 effort.
Northwest takes to the road for its spring break traveling to the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The 'Cats will play eight games in five days from Mar. 19-23 beginning with St. Xavier (Ill.) and Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday.
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