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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 11, 2005

Softball Goes 2-0 to open Mo. Southern Tourn.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State softball team kept up its strong start on the season by winning both games to open up the Teri Zenner Memorial Classic, hosted by Missouri Southern today. The Bearcats defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 4-2 before a dramatic 2-0 victory over Northern (S.D.) State.

The game one win was sparked by the pitching of senior Kelly Hainline and the bat of Ashley Pride. Hainline, who moved to 2-1 on the season, went the entire seven innings. Pride banged her second homer of the year, a solo shot in the third, to lead the hitting parade. Sophomore Jaclyn Brown and freshman Crystal Gustin went 2x4 at the plate.

Against the Northern State Wolves, no runs were scored until the top of the seventh inning. Northwest freshman Janelle Krohn led-off the frame with a single. Freshman Megan Stalder, who pinch-ran for Krohn, was bunted over by sophomore Tami Phillips. Freshman Amy Farrow made her first career round-tripper a memorable one as she sent home Stalder and gave the Bearcats the 2-0 lead. Sophomore Talina Canon notched her first win of 2005 as she logged six innings in the starters role. Canon struck out three batters and allowed five hits. Senior Shelly MacDonald entered in the seventh inning and picked up the save.

Standing at 9-3 on the season, the Bearcats will face Missouri-Rolla at 11 a.m. and host-Missouri Southern at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the final day of the tournament. The championship and consolation winners from each pool meet at 7 p.m.

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