May 12, 2005
Gallagher & Stewart Named to Academic All-District Team; Bearcats Stand Sixth in North Central RegionMARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University senior outfielder Kyle Gallagher (Bellevue, Neb.) and sophomore designated hitter Tristan Stewart (Crystal Lake, Ill.) were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Baseball College Division Second Team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"Gallagher is a three-year starter in rightfield," said head coach Darin Loe. "He has carried our team offensively this year, especially in the middle of the season. He is a big part of where we are now.
"Stewart was a First Team All-MIAA player last year. This season, he has split time in the outfield and DH. He is really starting to heat up now going into the conference tournament."
Gallagher, who is the starting rightfielder, is one of two Bearcats to start in all 55 of the possible games. A Management Information Systems major, Gallagher ranks fifth in the MIAA in total homeruns (12), seventh in total bases (122), eighth in total RBIs (51) and ninth in slugging percentage (.639). On the team list, Gallagher is tied for first in at-bats (191) and triples (4), tied for second in runs (47) and fifth in batting average (.351).
Gallagher is second on the club with 20 multiple-hit games this year. Currently his 55 games played ties the Northwest record for most in a season and he needs six more at-bats to set the single-season mark.
Stewart, who is a psychology major, is tied for second on the team in doubles (12) and walks (18) and third in on-base percentage (.438). Stewart has played in 47 games splitting time between DH (20 starts) and center field (18 starts). He is one of nine players to bat over .300 with a .321 (36-for-134) average. Currently on a team-best seven-game hit streak, Stewart has compiled four games of three-hits including two in the last six contests.
Gallagher and Stewart are a part of a club to set the team standard for RBIs in a season (369) and the squad is just three homers shy of tying the record of 49.
A total of nine MIAA players are represented with four on the First Team and five on the Second Team.
Northwest, who is ranked No. 6 in the latest North Central Region polls (May 11), captured the No. 3 seed in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) standings and will face No. 2 seed Missouri Western in the opening round of the postseason tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. Tournament-host and No. 1 seed Central Missouri State takes on No. 4 Emporia State at 3:30 p.m. in the other opening round game.
The top four regionally ranked teams after the conference tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II Regionals at the No. 1 regional team. There is no automatic bid for the conference tournament winners.
North Central Region (May 11)
1 Central Missouri State 49-7
2 Wayne State (Nebraska) 41-11
3 Nebraska-Omaha 37-17
4 Emporia State 39-16
5 Minnesota State Mankato 33-15
6 Northwest Missouri State 33-22
7 Missouri Western State 33-20
8 Concordia-St. Paul 29-10
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