March 29, 2005
#8 Emporia State Blanks Northwest in MIAA TwinbillEMPORIA, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State softball was shut down offensively today against No. 8 Emporia State losing by scores of 4-0 and 6-0 in a MIAA doubleheader. The Bearcats were without the services of starting centerfielder Megan Stalder and rightfielder Linellis Santiago with both gone due to injuries. Also, starting shortstop Crystal Gustin left in Game 1 after one at-bat due to possible concussion syndromes suffered against Truman State on Monday.
Northwest, who defeated then-No. 19 Emporia 2-1 in 8 innings on Mar. 6 earlier this year, falls to 17-11 and 1-2 in the league. Emporia, who ran its winning streak to 13 games, jumps to 27-5 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA.
Senior pitcher Shelly MacDonald was hit with the Game 1 loss going all six innings. She allowed four runs, all earned, on 11 base hits. She dropped to 10-3 on the season as she struck out two batters. MIAA Pitcher of the Week Melissa Stevens notched her 14th win of 2005 for the Lady Hornets as she struck out 14. She only gave up two hits while she walked no one.
Northwest had a chance to score in the sixth after senior Jacqui Handlos, who pinch-ran for sophomore Sarah Johnson, advanced to second on a single by sophomore Janelle Krohn. But, junior Ashley Pride struck out to end the threat. That was the only time Northwest had a runner past first base.
Game 2 was much the same for Northwest as it compiled four hits, two by Pride. Emporia pitcher Courtney Reed went the full seven innings as she struck out seven 'Cats. Freshman Lauren Lakebrink allowed only one earned run (five total) on six hits in 3.2 innings but fell to 1-2 on the season.
Northwest put two runners on with only one out in the top of the fourth inning. Pride doubled down the left field line to lead things off. After a pop-up, sophomore Jaclyn Brown singled to left but Pride held at second base. After that, Emporia turned a double play to smother the Northwest rally.
Also, the Bearcats loaded the bases in the sixth with two outs but could not score after a foul-out.
Northwest stays on the road and competes at the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament on Apr. 2-3 where the 'Cats will face five North Central Conference schools in two days. Northwest starts off with North Dakota on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
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