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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 2, 2005

Northwest Wins One on Day 1 at UN-Omaha Tourn.

OMAHA, Neb. - The Northwest Missouri State softball, without a couple key starters, went 1-2 today on Day 1 of the Nebraska-Omaha Tournament. Northwest dropped a 1-0 decision to North Dakota in the first game before squeeking out a 3-2 8-inning win over host UN-Omaha. Then, the Bearcats lost 7-6 in nine innings to Minnesota State.

Northwest, who played all games without starting shortstop freshman Crystal Gustin and the third game
without freshman centerfielder Megan Stalder, stands 18-13 on the year. The Bearcats will wrap up tomorrow at 9 a.m. against Wayne (Neb.) State and Minnesota Duluth at 11 a.m.

In Game 1, sophomore Talina Canon only allowed three hits and one unearned run against the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota. But, UND pitcher Tara Petersen silenced the Northwest bats with only two hits and fanned seven batters in the process. UND plated one unearned run in the second inning for the deciding tally.

Against the Mavericks of UNO, the hosts scored first with one run in the top of the second inning. Northwest responded with two in the bottom of the frame thanks to a run-producing single by junior Katy John and an RBI credited to sophomore Linellis Santiago after she was hit-by-a-pitch.

UNO tied up the score at 2-2 in the seventh to push the contest into extra innings. The winning run came via the wild pitch as sophomore Tami Phillips scored. Senior Shelly MacDonald relieved freshman Lauren Lakebrink on the hill to earn her 11th win of the year. MacDonald went 2.2 innings giving up no runs on just one hit. Lakebrink pitched into the seventh and allowed two earned runs on four hits.

The third game had Minnesota State jump out to a 3-0 edge in the first frame. In her shortest outing of the season, MacDonald got pulled in the second inning after the Mavericks added one run in the second to go up 4-0. The Bearcats tallied two runs in the third inning and three in the fifth to take a 5-4 advantage. The big hits were a double by sophomore Jaclyn Brown and Lakebrink.

MSU seemed to settle in for the win scoring two in thebottom of the sixth to take back the 6-5 lead but
Northwest junior Ashley Pride singled home John from second base to knot things up at 6-6 in the top of the seventh. The game went into the eighth inning before MSU pushed across the game-winner on a run-scoring single. Lakebrink was hit with the loss going six innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.

For the day, John went 3-for-10 at the plate while Phillips was 3-for-11. Santiago totaled two RBI in the three games. John also had two stolen bases to better her season mark to 19-of-19, which is one swipe shy of tying Kendra Smith's mark in 1997.

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