April 18, 2005
Bearcats Split Home Doubleheader with Central Mo.MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State softball team split a MIAA doubleheader this afternoon against Central Missouri State, winning the first 4-3 in eight innings and losing 9-3 in the nightcap. On a windy day with the win blowing out, there were a combined four homeruns in the two contests.
Northwest stands at 27-20 overall and 4-6 in league play while Central Missouri State is 26-22 on the year and 6-8 in the MIAA.
Northwest, who moved to 4-2 in extra inning affairs, jumped to a 3-0 lead in Game 1. Junior Ashley Pride was a part of those runs first with a fielder's choice in which junior Katy John scored on in the first inning. John stole second after a base on balls and advanced to third on a passed ball. In the third inning, Pride blasted a two-run homer to centerfield to score sophomore Linellis Santiago, who reached on a walk.
Central came back with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the count up at 3-3. After Central went down in order in the top of the eighth, Northwest loaded the bases with one out. Freshman Lauren Lakebrink singled up the middle to score sophomore Tami Phillips.
Lakebrink came on in relief of senior Shelly MacDonald in the sixth inning and notched the win. She improved to 3-5 as she allowed one hit and struck out two in 2.2 innings. Central held a 12-4 hit advantage but left 10 runners on base. Pride notched two RBIs while Lakebrink went 1-for-1 with the RBI.
Northwest again led off with a single run in the first inning in Game 2. John led off with a double to right center and scored on a Pride RBI single. However, Central picked up eight runs over the third and fourth innings to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Jennies added a lone run in the seventh.
Pride hit her ninth roundtripper of the year, just one shy of the Northwest single season record, in the sixth inning. Her shot, which traveled an estimated 250 feet to center, scored Santiago.
Sophomore Talina Canon went 3.1 innings in the start and got hit with the loss. She gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and struck out one batter. Pride finished the game 2-for-3 and totaled five RBIs on the day.
Next up, Northwest hosts Pittsburg State on Friday, Apr. 22 at 2:30 p.m. from Bearcat Field.
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