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Morning Sports Report - May 1, 2014

The Springfield Cardinals lose to the NW Arkansas Naturals and Drury's new women's basketball coach signs her first recruit. Dan Lucy has your Thursday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals continued their homestand with Northwest Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.

It's a battle between the Cardinals and Royals Double AA affiliates.

Northwest Arkansas looking to hand Springfield it's third straight loss.

Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter in the house, now a roving minor league instructor for the Cardinals.

It was 1-nothing Springfield when the Naturals tie it up, Juan Graterol grounds to third, the throw home is wild, Mark Threlkeld scores it's 1-1.

Later in the second Ethan Chapman chops this to first, nice play by Curt Smith, but Angel Franco scores it's 2-one Northwest Arkansas.

Springfield ties it up in the bottom half, Travis Tartamella loops this over the third baseman, David Popkins scores it's 2-2.

But the Naturals move back in front, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert rips this deep to left, into the bullpen, a two run shot, it's 4-2.

One of his two homers on the afternoon.

James Ramsey answers in the sixth, he rips this shot to right, over the Empire Bank sign and gone, a two run bomb, 5-4.

But the Naturals would get insurance in the ninth on this Lane Adams r-b-i double, and Northwest Arkansas wins 6-4.

"I was having a lot of fun today," said Naturals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.  "I was really concentrating on working on my defense the last couple of days.  And I felt like I really did a good job today.  Yea, it was time that I had two home runs in a professional game.  I'm real happy about it."

"It's all about the little things," said Cards Outfieler James Ramsey. "That's what it comes down to in this game, the fundamentals.  And I think they made plays and we didn't so they came out on top.  Yea, it was a good swing.   I just want to try to continue to work on things.  Put good at bats together and try to win ballgames."  

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Drury womens basketball coach Molly Miller has hit the ground running as she takes over the Lady Panthers.

And Wednesday she landed her first recruit, a division one transfer from Wichita State.

Briana Jones says she'll transfer to Drury this upcoming season.

Jones is six foot forward from San Antonio she will have three years of eligibility for the Lady Panthers.

Steve Hesser's men also added a player, juco forward John Caraballo will transfer from Northwest Kansas Technical College.

He averaged 9 points and six rebounds a game.


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