April 8, 2005
Northwest Sweeps Southern Bearcats, 4-2 in Eight Innings Before a 3-1 WinBOLIVAR, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State softball team improved to 22-13 on the season with a league doubleheader sweep at Southwest Baptist today, 4-2 in eight innings before a 3-1 victory. Northwest has now won the last 11 meetings against SBU.
Junior Katy John swiped two bases in Game 2, which moved her into sole possession of the school's single-season stolen base mark of 22. She entered the day tied with Kendra Smith's 1997 total of 20.
In Game 1, senior pitcher Shelly MacDonald tied a career-high with her 13th win of the season as she went all eight innings allowing two earned runs on eight hits. She struck out two and did not walk a batter. With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning, the guests from Northwest loaded the bases on a walk from sophomore Linellis Santiago and a single apiece from sophomore Jaclyn Brown and sophomore Tami Phillips. With two outs, an error by the second baseman on a ball hit by sophomore Kaytee Schulenberg allowed two runners to score.
MacDonald induced two groudballs and a fly ball as she sent the SBU Bearcats down in order in the bottom of the eighth.
Northwest took a 2-1 lead in the third compliments of junior Ashley Pride's sixth homerun of the season scoring Santiago. Brown and Phillips each ended the game 2-for-3.
In the nightcap, after John led off the game with a hit-by-pitch, she broke the steals record by swiping second. She was knocked home by a ball hit by Phillips, which was charged as an error to the third baseman. Southwest came back to tie the count at 1-1 in the second before Norhtwest tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
Senior pitcher Kelly Hainline notched the win to improve to 3-3 on the year. She went seven innings and only gave up three hits, one unearned run and she struck out three batters. Five Northwest players had a hit apiece.
Northwest welcomed back freshman shortstop Crystal Gustin, who had sat out the last seven games due to a concussion. She had one hit on the day.
Northwest stays in southern Missouri with a MIAA doubleheader at Missouri-Rolla on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. from Rolla, Mo. The Lady Miners and Bearcats face off for the final time in MIAA play as UMR will enter the Great Lakes Athletic Conference beginning in 2005-06.
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