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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 5, 2009

Warm Weather Awaits Bearcats at Fort Hays State

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - With beautiful weather conditions predicted for the weekend, Northwest Missouri State (4-6, 0-2 MIAA) will continue it's road trips with a five-hour trek to Fort Hays State (12-6, 4-0 MIAA) for a four-game series at Larks Park. The Tigers enter with a 12-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the MIAA.

Northwest faces its fourth nationally-recognized team of the season, as Fort Hays State is receiving votes in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II ranking. Christian Dekker is expected to earn his third start of the season and his second against a nationally-recognized squad. Dekker allowed three hits in 1.1 innings against Indianapolis, who was also receiving votes.

The Bearcats went 1-3 last season in Hays, Kan., after winning the first game of the series 4-3 in extra innings before allowing 30 runs in the next three games. Kreed Kurtz hit the Bearcats' only grand slam of 2007 against the Tigers in the final game of the series.

Right fielder Brandon Kirsch has three doubles through the first 10 games of the season and is on pace to finish fourth in season records. He is .381 with a .905 slugging percentage in seven career games against Fort Hays State and is second on the team this season with a .389 slugging percentage.

The other two outfielders, center fielder Tim Beck and left fielder Chris Benham, are leading the Bearcats with .344 and .306 batting averages, respectively. Benham also leads the Bearcats with a .417 slugging percentage at a triple and pair of doubles this season.

Fort Hays State swept the MIAA weekly honors this week as Eric Gilliland earned pitching honors and Alex Harvey picked up hitting honors. Gilliland shut out Truman 10-0 last weekend and allowed four hits while Harvey hit .462 with a pair of home runs in the four-game series with the Bulldogs.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468