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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 28, 2005

Bearcats Hold Off Truman 1-0 Before 2-2 Suspended Game in the 9th Inning

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State softball opened up Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) play with a 1-0 shutout of Truman State this afternoon at Bearcat Field. Game 2 was suspended in the top of the 9th inning (score at 2-2) due to darkness and will be attempted to be finished in the near future - possibly when Truman is at the Northwest Classic, Apr. 16-17.

Northwest, who halted a four-game skid to TSU, improves to 17-9 on the year and 1-0 in the MIAA while Truman drops to 9-7 and 0-1 in league action.

Pitcher Shelly MacDonald continued her dominant senior campaign posting her third shutout in her ninth complete game as she improved to 10-2 on the season. She went the full seven innings allowing seven hits and striking and walking one batter each. MacDonald got all the runs she needed in the third inning.

The 'Cats leading hitter (.349) in junior Katy John rapped a single with one out. From there, she stole her second base of the day and 17th on the year to stand in scoring position. After a groundout advanced her to third, junior Ashley Pride drove her home thanks to an error by the centerfielder.

John, who needs two more steals to tie the Northwest single-season mark of 19, led the club with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate. Truman pitcher Kelly Walsma was hit with the loss as she gave up six hits and fanned two Bearcats.

Game 2 was owned in the early innings by TSU pitcher Loni Wedemeier as she took a no-hitter into the fifth frame. With two gone in the inning, Northwest sophomore Janelle Krohn laced a line-drive single to left to break up the "no-no." Pride made Wedemeier pay on the next pitch as the junior thirdbaseman knocked her sixth homer of 2005 to center field and tied the game up 2-2.

Senior Kelly Hainline started on the hill and worked 5.0 innings giving up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out five batters. Freshman Lauren Lakebrink came on in the sixth and only allowed two base hits.

Northwest heads to #8 Emporia State tomorrow (Tues.) to take on the Lady Hornets for a MIAA doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Bearcats defeated Emporia 2-1 on Mar. 6 at the Missouri Western Tournament.

NOTE: Due to the second game being suspended and the game not being completed, Game 2 stats are not official at this time.

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