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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 15, 2006

Two Team Records Set in 21-5 Win over Upper Iowa; Northwest Splits in Day 2 of Classic

MARYVILLE, Mo. - (W, 21-5 vs. UIU) (L, 10-1 vs. ESU) The No. 18 Northwest Missouri State bats picked up with a 21-5 win over Upper Iowa before a 10-1 loss to No. 3 Emporia State this afternoon on Day 2 of the Northwest Softball Classic. Northwest, who managed just seven base hits in getting blanked twice yesterday, totaled a single-game school record 22 hits and 20 RBIs in the victory over Upper Iowa.

Northwest now stands 29-11 on the year looking to notch 30 wins for the third time in four seasons.

The drubbing of Upper Iowa had numerous offensive fireworks for the Bearcats. Scoring in every inning, Northwest set a season best with 10 runs in the sixth frame. The first six batters reached base safely with five on base hits. There were a total of nine hits including two three-run home runs from junior Tristin Brown and junior Lindsay Stephenson.

Sophomore Janelle Krohn tied the single-game HR record with two in the game, a mark she has done one other time this year. She ripped a three-run blast in the third and a solo shot in the fifth. She finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Leading the offensive parade was Stephenson (4-for-5 with four runs) and sophomore Crystal Gustin (4-for-5 with two runs scored). Five other Bearcats finished with multiple hits.

Sophomore Lauren Lake brinkpicked up the win going 4 2/3 innings. She struck out five, walked two and allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits. Freshman Cola Krueger picked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Northwest appeared to be ready for Emporia State, the top ranked team in the region, as the hosts scored once in the first inning. Thanks to a single from junior Sarah Johnson to load the bases, sophomore Amy Far row drew a bases-loaded walk to make the score 1-0. However, from that point on, it was all Emporia.

After tying the score in the second, Emporia notched five runs in the third thanks to six straight hits in the inning. The big blow was a two-run home run from team-leader Megan Davidson. With the score 6-1, Emporia added two more each in the fourth and sixth for the run-rule shortened victory.

Sophomore Kelly Morris dropped to 8-5 with the loss going just 2 1/3 innings. She gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out one. The Bearcats could manage just three hits against starter Courtney Reed. Reed went all six innings fanning nine Bearcats.

The Bearcats hit the road for their final 10 regular season road games starting at Truman State on Tuesday. First pitch in Kirks is set for 2 p.m.

NOTES: Before the first game, seniors Katy John and Ashley Pride were honored on Senior Day ... The hits bested the old record of 18 done against Southwest Baptist on April 5, 2003 and the 20 RBIs were more than the previous mark of 16 done against Park on April 3, 2003 ... Northwest stands 8-3 on the year in games less than seven innings ... Stephenson's home run in the first game was her 11th, which ties Ashley Pride for the single-season school record ... Only one Bearcat did not tally a hit in the win over Upper Iowa ... With the 21 RBIs on the day, the Bearcats are nearing the single-season record of 210 RBIs - they stand with 201.

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