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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 20, 2005

Northwest Wins vs. Augustana Before 10-6 Loss to UM-St. Louis at Rebel Spring Games

ORLANDO, Fla. - In the second day of competition at the Rebel Spring Games, the Northwest Missouri State (14-8) softball team took down Augustana (S.D.) 3-1 in the morning contest before losing 10-6 to Missouri-St. Louis.

Against Augustana, the Vikings struck first after the first two runners reached in the top of the second inning. A double steal allowed the Vikings take a 1-0 lead. Northwest answered in the bottom of the third frame with a run-producing single by junior Ashley Pride. She drove in junior Katy John, who reached on a walk.

The Bearcats tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings off of Pride's second RBI single and freshman Crystal Gustin's RBI double.

Senior pitcher Shelly MacDonald out-lasted AC hurler Katie Krauth. MacDonald moved to 7-2 on the year going the full seven innings of work. She gave up the earned run on five hits and struck out three batters. Krauth was impressive fanning nine 'Cats and allowing five hits and three earned runs in the losing effort.

Pride finished 2-for-3 against Augustana while sophomore Tami Phillips added a double.

In Game 2 versus UM-St. Louis, Northwest tallied a three-run third inning to take a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore Kaytee Schulenberg ripped a two-RBI single in the inning. UM-SL fought back to take a 8-3 lead with five runs in the bottom of the third and three in the fourth.

The Bearcats crept to within 8-6 after plating three scores in the top of the sixth but UM-St. Louis added two runs in the bottom of the frame to steal the victory.

Northwest pounded out a season-high 11 hits as Schulenberg went 2-for-3, sophomore Jaclyn Brown and Phillips were 2-for-4 each.

Senior Jacqui Handlos was hit with the loss as she gave up five runs on three hits in 2.2 innings. Missouri-St. Louis had 10 runs on eight hits.

Both teams committed a combined 10 errors with UM-St. Louis having six. Northwest had several opportunities to score but left 12 runners on base.

Northwest will rest tomorrow (Monday) and next take on Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday, Mar. 22 in a doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games. The Bearcats and Bulldogs meet first at 7:50 a.m. CST and finish with a 9:40 a.m. contest.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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