May 9, 2005
Four Bearcats Receive All-MIAA Recognition
OVERLAND PARK , Kan. - (Complete Team) Northwest Missouri State softball placed four players on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Team, announced today by the league offices. Sophomore Jaclyn Brown (St. Joseph, Mo.) and juniors Katy John (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Ashley Pride (Ravenwood, Mo.) were on the Second Team while senior Shelly MacDonald (Lawson, Mo.) was on the Honorable Mention squad.
A transfer from the University of Tennesse-Martin, Brown started 58 games mostly in left field. She finished with a .307 batting average, good for third on the club, and was second with 22 RBIs and tied for first with 13 doubles. Brown led the team in hitting in conference games only at .326 and got hot at the plate as the season came to a close. In her final 23 games, she had 12 multiple-hit contests including three three-hit matches.
Setting the school record for single-season stolen bases with 33, John was the Bearcats top hitter as she started in all of a possible 61 games at second base. She was tops in batting average (.312), runs (40), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.367). Against Minnesota-Duluth on Mar. 22, she set the single-game record with four stolen bases. Also, she holds the season marks for games played (61), at-bats (205) and runs scored. She currently needs four more stolen bases in her career to catch Kendra Smith's mark of 47.
Grabbing her third All-MIAA honor in her career, Pride smashed the Northwest RBI record with 48 on the season and tied the homerun season mark of 10. She started all 61 games, with most coming at third base. Pride was second on the team with a .309 batting average, tied for first with 13 doubles and was first with a .552 slugging mark. Sitting with 20 career homers, Pride is looking to break the career mark of 24 set by Angie McCoy. Pride earned First Team laurels as a freshman and Honorable Mention accolades last season.
MacDonald ends her Northwest career with her fourth straight Honorable Mention award. The right-handed hurler led the club in wins (16), appearances (31), games started (26), complete games (16), shutouts (6), innings pitched (165.0) and strikeouts (88). She held a strikeout:walk ratio of 5:1. She set the Northwest career mark for pitching appearances with 105 and ends up 14 career strikeouts short of the all-time record of 240 done by Michele Ansley.
Northwest tied the single-season record for wins in a season with a 34-27overall mark. The Bearcats ended the 2005 campaign with a 3-2 loss to Pittsburg State in the MIAA Tournament Second Round last weekend.
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