April 23, 2005
Northwest Sweeps Mo. Southern on Senior Day
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- On a day in which three softball seniors were recognized, it was the trio who shined in Northwest Missouri State's league doubleheader sweep, 1-0 and 2-0, of Missouri Southern this afternoon at Bearcat Field. Seniors Kelly Hainline, Jacqui Handlos and Shelly MacDonald each were honored in a ceremony between games.
MacDonald moved to 15-5 and notched her sixth shutout of the year in blanking the Lions in Game 1, 1-0. Hainline pitched Game 2 and the result was the same as she went the distance fanning two batters en route to her fourth win of the year. Handlos was a pinchrunner in the first game.
Northwest moves to 29-20 on the season and 6-6 in the MIAA. One more win will tie the best mark under head coach Susan Anderson set in 2003. Missouri Southern fell to 23-30 and 8-10 in league play.
MacDonald was her usual self on the hill scattering five hits, with all being singles. She only allowed three runners to reach as far as second base. The Bearcat offense came in the form of a double steal in the fifth inning. Junior Katy John reached on a single to shortstop. After John improved her school-best steal mark with her 25th, sophomore Linellis Santiago laid down a bunt single to move John over to third. John scored on a throw down to second base by the catcher which squibbled into centerfield for an error.
The Lions threatened in the seventh inning putting runners on first and second before MacDonald got a strikeout and groudout to end the game. Santiago and redshirt freshman Janelle Krohn each finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate.
In Game 2, the Bearcats plated a single run in the second inning on a RBI-single from Krohn. The hosts tacked on an insurance run in the sixth thanks to a RBI-double from junior Ashley Pride. It was Pride's 37th RBI of the season, which is one shy of tying Angie McCoy's Northwest record in 2002.
The Lions had a couple scoring opportunities as they packed the bases in the third only to end the inning on a flyout. The sixth inning also saw MSSU put runners on second and third with one out. But, a groundout to shortstop and pop-up to first base cut off the scoring chance.
MSSU out-hit the Bearcats 8-4 but left nine runners on base compared to two for Northwest.
Northwest hosts Pittsburg State on Sunday with first pitch set at 12:30 p.m. The doubleheader was pushed back from Friday due to wet weather.
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